Pac-12 football preview: Predicting Arizona State’s weekly results and win total

Sun Devils logo at midfield (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)


Coach: Herm Edwards (fifth season)
Offensive coordinator: Glenn Thomas (first season)
Defensive coordinator: Donnie Henderson (first season)

2021 record: 8-5/6-3

Last postseason appearance: 2021 Las Vegas Bowl (lost to Wisconsin)

Best-case 2022 scenario: 8-4
Worst-case 2022 scenario: 4-8

Projected starting quarterback: Emory Jones

Key question: Will so much coaching staff and roster turnover, much of it traced to the ongoing NCAA investigation, prompt a significant backslide in Tempe?

Sept. 1 (Thursday): vs. Northern Arizona
Result: win
Record: 1-0
Comment: We gave serious consideration to predicting a loss but decided the Sun Devils will make a few too many plays for NAU to match in the fourth quarter.

Sept. 10: at Oklahoma State
Result: loss
Record: 1-1
Comment: Stiff challenge against a future conference opponent (kidding!) that’s coming off a 12-win season.

Sept. 17: vs. Eastern Michigan
Result: win
Record: 2-1
Comment: Trap situation for the Sun Devils (after OSU, before Utah) but not sure the Eagles will have enough gas to withstand the heat.

Sept. 24: vs. Utah
Result: loss
Record: 2-2/0-1
Comment: It will be years before ASU has a better chance to topple Utah than the one presented at halftime last October in Salt Lake City.

Oct. 1: at USC
Result: loss
Record: 2-3/0-2
Comment: We question ASU’s physical condition one week after facing Utah’s brutality. Also, the overhauled secondary won’t quite be up to the challenge.

Oct. 8: vs Washington
Result: win
Record: 3-3/1-2
Comment: UW’s first trip to Tempe since losing 13-7 as the fifth-ranked team in the country back in 2017. Less hoopla this time, and more points, but the same outcome.

Oct. 15: idle
Comment: Six games down, six to go — and the back half is easier.

Oct. 22: at Stanford
Result: loss
Record: 3-4/1-3
Comment: This sets up well for the Sun Devils, who are coming off a bye while Stanford returns home from South Bend. In fact, it sets up a bit too well.

Oct. 29: at Colorado
Result: loss
Record: 3-5/1-4
Comment: Semi-trap situation for ASU against a struggling opponent and with the Bruins lurking.

Nov. 5: vs. UCLA
Result: win
Record: 4-5/2-4
Comment: At this point, we are past the point in which the media begins describing ASU as “inconsistent” or, perhaps, “wildly inconsistent.”

Nov. 12: at Washington State
Result: loss
Record: 4-6/2-5
Comment: The weather won’t be a problem. The turnovers will, again.

Nov. 19: vs. Oregon State
Result: win
Record: 5-6/3-5
Comment: After visiting Corvallis the past three years — a quirk of the schedule rotation that happens once every global pandemic — the Devils finally get to host OSU.

Nov. 25 (Friday): at Arizona
Result: loss
Record: 5-7/3-6
Comment: ASU’s six-game winning streak in the Territorial Cup comes to an end in a fashion that we cannot currently fathom. But it will be memorable.


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