Arizona State-Stanford: Preview

Bernie MulliganContributor IOctober 22, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 03:  Cornerback James Dockery #4 of the Oregon State Beavers defends against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. The Beavers defeated the Sun Devils 28-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

This Saturday in Palo Alto the Sun Devils will match up with the Stanford Cardinal in what will surely be a heated contest. With a loss at Arizona last week, Stanford will try to refocus and try to get back into their early season form.

The Devils on the other hand, are hoping to build off of their victory over Washington and be a contender in the Pac 10 title race.

The matchup of the night will be Stanford’s rushing attack vs. the Devils' run defense. The ASU run defense, ranked second in the nation will have their hands full with Stanford's ground game that averages a little over 200 yards a game.

The devils will need to contain the run to keep Stanford from getting in any sort of rhythm.
Cardinals quarterback Andrew Luck is coming off a career game, but despite his success last week, he is still a freshmen quarterback. Look for the Devils to test Luck’s poise early, and throw a variety blitzes at him.

As for the Devils on offense, look for them to run early and often to create favorable passing situations for an improving Devils air attack.  A sub-par Stanford secondary could provide the stage needed for wide receiver Gerell Robinson to have a breakout game.