After a 55-21 Halloween Night thumping of Washington State, the Arizona State Sun Devils have a 1.5-game lead on Arizona, UCLA and USC in the Pac-12 South, and look like they’re well on their way to making the Pac-12 Championship game. The Sun Devils have scored over 50 points in three consecutive games, and have done it five times on the season, good for sixth-best in the FBS. In fact, they’ve scored less than 34 points only once this year.
Led by quarterback Taylor Kelly (who threw seven touchdowns against the Cougars) and running back Marion Grice (who is tied for the most rushing touchdowns in the FBS with 12), Arizona State is click on all cylinders as they reach the final four games of their schedule. Their final four games are against Utah, UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona.
Before they start the last quarter of the season though, the Sun Devils get to sit back this Saturday and see who their biggest contenders will be for the Pac-12 South title and a shot at either Oregon or Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game. USC faces off against Oregon State on Friday night, Arizona visits the 1-7 California and UCLA plays host to Colorado. A loss for any of those teams would put Arizona State in fantastic shape in the division.
The Sun Devils have already defeated USC on the season and control their own destiny at this point. Having suffered disheartening losses to Stanford and Notre Dame earlier in the season, it’s a little surprising that Arizona State has gotten to this point, but they have done so with a high-powered offense and a defense that bends but doesn’t break.