The Arizona State Sun Devils head to Seattle with their eyes set on another marquee victory in September. There were some grumblings among Arizona State fans that the Herm Edwards hire was ridiculous. After a win over Michigan State cooler heads prevailed, but head coaching hires aren’t fair to judge until three years down the road. That’s usually the make or break year for a coach. He’s not even into the first month of his first-year at Arizona State so just take a step back.
The Michigan State win may have been a mirage, while their loss to San Diego State last week may have just been a letdown spot. I did know that Edwards would instill a more physical mindset in Tempe. He isn’t a soft coach, that much has been known in his coaching career. Edwards lucked out when he came to ASU and had a good quarterback ready to go in the holster. Manny Wilkins is in for a challenge against the Huskies in Week 4.
Washington were dealt a major blow right out of the gate in Week 1. They had a difficult task against the Auburn Tigers of the SEC and came up just short. The defensive pressure from Auburn was ultimately too much for Jake Browning to handle. They responded the following week in a tune-up game against North Dakota, a 45-3 victory. The Huskies looked good last week by utilizing their defense to wear out the Utah Utes by a score of 21-7. They didn’t have to do anything too exotic against a team who couldn’t manage to move the ball.
Myles Gaskin paved a path for Washington, as he rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries. Browning was adequate, passing for a touchdowns and interception with 155 yards. I think the guy is terribly overrated and hasn’t shown any progress since his first-year as the starting quarterback. John Ross isn’t around to bail him out anymore. Browning is blessed with an elite defense, though, and he didn’t have to do much against Utah. We’ll see what Herm Edwards has in store for him on Saturday night. He certainly knew what to do against the Spartans. Head below for our free Arizona State vs. Washington pick.
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Arizona State vs. Washington Pick:
Arizona State were not shy about punching a physical Michigan State team in the mouth. I think Michigan State were a little shocked that Arizona State were pushing back so much up-front. The Sun Devils have typically been a finesse team for the last five or so years. Maybe since Burfict was at Arizona State did the Sun Devils have a defense that other teams feared. Michigan State certainly didn’t expect their physicality. Washington, like Michigan State, bring a similar game plan to the party on Saturday night.
They want to establish the run and then open it up with their quarterback. The Spartans were held to a whopping 65 yards. Connor Heyward led the team with 22 yards rushing. They faced another run heavy team last week, the San Diego State Aztecs, but that didn’t go as well in a 28-21 loss. I think that the Sun Devils relaxed just a little too much after their 16-13 win over MSU. Call it a sandwich game with Washington pending. They will have a challenge against a solid Washington offensive line.
Arizona State were up to the challenge last season, upsetting the Huskies by a score of 13-7. They sacked Browning five times and had nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage. If the defense plays well again, which they’ve already proven this season that they can, and Wilkins can connect downfield, this game could get interesting. Wilkins has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 1 interception on the year. He’s also rushed for a score with 69 yards on 20 carries.
Wilkins is operating behind an experienced offensive line this season. He also has a budding superstar, N’Keal Harry, to throw the ball to. Harry has asserted himself as the best returning receiver in the Pac-12 in 2018. He’s been making good on that, with 315 yards and 4 touchdowns already. Harry is already halfway to matching his 8 touchdowns last season. Arizona State likely aren’t winning this game, but they match up pretty well with Washington. Wilkins is a veteran quarterback that isn’t going to be fazed going into this game. He also has the best receiver in the conference to help him. It seems like a lot of points to lay on Washington in this Pac-12 .