Football is a game of inches.
It also a game of numbers. Yards, touchdowns, wins, jerseys...everything has has a numerical value.
The key numbers for the Arizona State Sun Devils last season were six, 16, 17 and three.
Those corresponded to—respectively—their loss total, Steven Threet's interceptions, the combined points in their losses to Wisconsin, Oregon, USC and Stanford, and the number of missed extra points.
Heading into a 2011 season that is heavy with expectations for the Sun Devils, an examination of the key numbers is warranted.
As is tradition in sports, setting an over/under line establishes a baseline for expectations and performance. From the granular to the overarching, these key figures will determine if the Devils can rise up and capture the inaugural Pac-12 South division championship.