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Arizona State Football 2014 Schedule Preview

Jaelen Strong
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Todd Graham has the Arizona State Sun Devils moving in the right direction after compiling an 18-9 record over his first two years. The Sun Devils will have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation in 2014 but have to replace nine starters on defense. Thankfully, Graham is a defensive coach and will reload, not rebuild.

Weber State at Arizona State

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Weber State at Arizona State

Sun Devil Stadium
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Weber State travels to Tempe for the Sun Devils' Thursday night opener. Graham's first two opening games have both been huge blowouts. Look for the same in 2014 as the backups will be playing the entire second half. Backup quarterback Mike Bercovici gives fans a glimpse into what 2015 will look like. WIN (1-0)

Arizona State at New Mexico

Taylor Kelly
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Arizona State at New Mexico

Taylor Kelly
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The Sun Devils travel to New Mexico to face off against one of the worst head coaches of our generation, Bob Davie. Yes the Bob Davie who took a top 10 Notre Dame program into the dumpster after legendary coach Lou Holtz resigned. Davie will most likely waste all his timeouts in the first and third quarters as the Sun Devils win easily. WIN (2-0)

Arizona State at Colorado

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Arizona State at Colorado

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Colorado without all Pac-12 wide receiver Paul Richardson is nowhere near as good as Colorado with Richardson. While head coach Mike MacIntyre will get the Buffs rolling in the right direction eventually, it won’t happen this year. The combination of Taylor Kelly, D.J. Foster and Jaelen Strong will score too many points for Sefo Liufau and Colorado to keep up with. WIN (3-0)

UCLA at Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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UCLA at Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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This game has turned into the Pac-12 South title game over the past couple years. Whoever wins this one will head to Santa Clara for the title game. ASU students never go to class on Fridays anyway, and the student section will be rocking on this Thursday game. ASU wins a close one. WIN (4-0)

Arizona State at USC

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Arizona State at USC

Arizona State
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The Trojans are rated highly by most media members but not me. The lack of scholarships and new coach Steve Sarkisian’s inability to win big games will lead to an ASU victory. ASU smacked USC in last year’s game 62-41. The smack was so hard that Lane Kiffin was fired as he got off the airplane. This game will be closer, but D.J. Foster will lead ASU to victory. WIN (5-0)

Stanford at Arizona State

Taylor Kelly
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Stanford at Arizona State

Taylor Kelly
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Todd Graham’s worst enemy, the Stanford Cardinal come into town with much deserved confidence. The Cardinal beat the Sun Devils twice last year. While Stanford lost numerous players to the NFL Draft, they will continue to reload behind the best coaching staff in the conference. Shaw will do whatever it takes to win including putting nine linemen on the field at once. Stanford wins big over the Devils again. LOSS (5-1)

Arizona State at Washington

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Arizona State at Washingon

Arizona State
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The Sun Devils travel to the most beautiful stadium in the conference to take on Chris Petersen’s Washington team. Petersen is one of the best coaches in football but does not have the athletes to keep up with the speed of ASU’s offense. This one will be a shootout, but ASU will prevail on a late field goal. WIN (6-1)

Utah at Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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Utah at Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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The Sun Devils needed a furious late comeback and a Will Sutton interception to halt Utah’s final drive in last year’s victory. No that wasn’t a typo; Sutton actually took a play off instead of rushing the passer and picked off Tyler Wilson’s pass. This game is at home, and Taylor Kelly is on point when playing at Sun Devil Stadium. WIN (7-1)

Notre Dame at Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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Notre Dame at Arizona State

Jaelen Strong
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The Sun Devils athletic department has been looking forward to this November home game for years. Notre Dame will bring their national fanbase to town and will also be bringing a much better quarterback than Tommy Rees this time. Everett Golson is back after his suspension, and the Irish offense will be much improved. ASU loses a close one. LOSS (7-2)

Arizona State at Oregon State

D.J. Foster
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Arizona State at Oregon State

D.J. Foster
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Until last year, the Devils have been known for losing a road game they should have won. This trip to Corvallis will prove to be difficult. Record-breaking quarterback Sean Mannion loses his best target in Brandin Cooks but still has plenty of weapons around him. This will be a frustrating loss for ASU. LOSS (7-3)

Washington State at Arizona State

Todd Graham
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Washington State at Arizona State

Todd Graham
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Arizona State is going to have to hire an additional scoreboard operator for this late-season game between two of the best offenses in the nation. Taylor Kelly and Connor Hailiday are both nearing the end of their college careers and have a full understanding of their offenses. ASU will win a game that might just reach the 60s. WIN (8-3)

Arizona State at Arizona

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Arizona State at Arizona

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On paper it looks as if the Sun Devils should have similar success to last year’s drubbing of the Wildcats, but this is the Territorial Cup. It’s the oldest rivalry trophy game in America, and this year’s game is in Tucson. Arizona wide receivers Davonte Neal and Austin Hill will have huge numbers, but Taylor Kelly will lead a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. WIN (9-3)