Arizona State Football Faces Inconsistency

Michael HamburgContributor IOctober 27, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Dennis Erickson talks with quarterback Danny Sullivan #15 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers 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)

Well to sum up my Saturday night, I did nothing after the disappointing beat down that the Cardinal gave to the Sun Devils. 

For one thing, I know Sigma Chi had a huge Halloween party that pretty much started right at the beginning of half time.  For the rest of Tempe I’m not sure that the whole town was as enthused as Sigma Chi.

Of course people still went down to Mill and Scottsdale, but I’m sure people had a sour taste in their mouth.  You would think the Devils would come out in Palo Alto with some extra intensity and confidence after a last second win over Washington a week ago but no sparks were to be found in the bay area. 

The last time the Sun Devils lost to the Cardinals was back in 2005.  It was a homecoming game, for Arizona State’s quarterback Danny Sullivan who played high school football in Los Gatos, and by no means did he impress.  To me Sullivan doesn’t look comfortable out there and he is very inconsistent.  With his first two series going three and out the Cardinals put ten points on the board before ASU gained a yard.   Sullivan threw a touch down pass in the fourth quarter but was shaken up on the play. 

Sullivan was diagnosed with a sprained knee but oddly enough, as of today Coach Erickson named him the starter next week against Cal.  So on the next drive the Sun Devil faithful got their wish and the 6”8 freshman Brock Osweiler came in.  You could see in Brock's body language that he looked like a quarterback.  He showed poise in the pocket and checked down different receivers something Sullivan barely does. 

It was a hard game to watch as a Sun Devil fan especially after the game last week.  When the fourth quarter hit zero all the talks of a decent bowl game went down the drain.  With the Devils' upcoming schedule it doesn’t look promising after an atrocious game against a so- so Pacific Ten team. 

The Devils' second ranked rushing defense looked like they weren’t in the top fifty, and next week on Halloween it doesn’t get any easier with Heisman candidate Jahvid Best coming in to town.  This time last week the Tempe campus seemed alive with a lot of students talking positive about Sun Devil football. 

After spending yesterday in the library and hearing student’s conversations it sounded as if everyone was dissatisfied, but what can you expect after a terrible loss?  Hopefully we can get a much-needed win this week to stay a respected team in the Pac Ten against an inconsistent Cal team that is 5-2. 

All of us here in Sun Devil country are trying to stay positive, but it's hard and frustrating when we aren’t winning.