Well here we are. After a week which saw all time "records" being set on defense against Oregon, and more distraction and media hand-wringing over Deflategate, it's time for USC and ASU to rumble on the field to see who can do a better job of steering into the skid and staying in the mix for the PAC12 south lead.
Things to watch for with USC this week:
- Can the team replicate last week's discipline in avoiding penalties?
- Will the defense have more luck dealing with another spread-a-riffic offense?
- Can the offense replicate the fireworks from last week?
- Will Marqise Lee play on defense as well as offense?
I pegged this team to win 4 games at the start of the season for a lot of the reasons were are seeing right now. The defense can't tackle, only Will Sutton (who has surprised many with his play) can generate a pass rush, the secondary can't cover talented receivers and ASU doesn't have any playmakers at wide receiver.
The Sun Devils rank second in the nation with 38 sacks and first with 84 tackles for loss (TFL). Leading Arizona State's defensive unit up front is Will Sutton, who has recorded nine and 15.5, respectively. Their linebacking core (Brandon McGee, Chris Young, Carl Bradford) is something to watch for, too, as the three have combined for 15 sacks and 32.5 TFL.