There weren’t many fans who believed that Arizona State’s chances to compete for the first playoff this year would be real, but that’s what’s happening. Oregon State ended up losing for meetings in a row after their season started with a record of 4-1, and now many fans and sportsbook software services can’t wait to see what will happen on the field when the Sun Devils face the Beavers on Saturday night.
Although they had two QB’s in the year’s first nine meetings, the Sun Devils have one of the nation’s top offenses. For some games, Mike Bercovici was able to properly take the place of Taylor Kelly, who was out due to injury, but the player is now in full health and doing a very good on the field, as he was able pass for 1,234 yards and 12 TD’s and only three interceptions. Jaelen Strong was one of the nation’s top WR’s, as he was able to catch 62 passes made for 879 yards, and scoring on nine occasions.
WR Cameron Smith was also powerful as a receiver, as for 395 yards he was able to catch 27 passes and make four scores. Many experts also consider D.J. Foster to be one the best RB’s in the country, as for 462 yards he was able to catch 39 passes and score two times as he led Arizona State with 821 yards and 6 TD’s scored.
With Sean Mannion, the Beavers have one the nation’s top QB’s, as every week the player throws a lot of yards, impressing many fans along the way. Even though Mannion’s season is not like the one that he had a year back, the player could still throw the ball for 2,437 yards, but only 10 TD’s, as well as six picks. Victor Bolden was the most important target, as 51 passes were caught for 568 yards and a single catch made for a TD. WR Jordan Villamin was the one right behind him, as for 384 yards he was able to catch the ball 25 times and make 3 TD receptions – a team record. The running game was not an impressive one at all, with a ranking of only 115 in the nation. The team is being led by Terron Ward, as he was able to record 548 yards and score 9 TD’s, and then Storm had 466 yards as well as 3 TD’s.
When it comes to their defense, this season the Beavers had a rollercoaster ride, as they’re 4-1 when less than 35 points are given up. However, when over 35 are given up, the team is 0-4, leading to their defensive scoring, which has an 88th placed ranking, besides the team’s total ranking, at 57th place. The Sun Devils gave up 35 points or more on only one occasion, and sportsbook software services saw that they ended up losing that meeting – their year’s only defeat. Arizona State are ranked at 51st place with their scoring defense, besides their scoring offence – ranked at 66th place, which many experts believe does not move beyond average.