Arizona State football win over UNLV puts top 15 in line against BYU

Arizona State football could be onto something.

The Sun Devils are 2-0 after beating UNLV 37-10 at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday night.

It’s always good to be undefeated.

It’s even better when most of the rest of the Pac-12 have at least one loss.

ASU, Oregon and UCLA are the only undefeated schools in the conference. It’s early. There are still a lot of games on the schedule.

But with the way things have gone so far, the Sun Devils have a real chance of reaching the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997. 2017?)

Make no mistake, ASU needs to play better to achieve these goals.

In the first half against UNLV (0-2), ASU started slowly in attack and committed mental fouls on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Jayden Daniels threw an interception in the end zone on the game’s first possession. (It was a bad pitch that was likely the result of a bad route from wide receiver Johnny Wilson, who took inside clearance when Daniels seemed to be expecting to throw the ball over his teammate’s outside shoulder. .)

In the next series, Tyler Johnson dove inside on a pass rush, giving up outside leverage and allowing UNLV quarterback Doug Brumfield to convert a third-and-8. Then DJ Davidson jumped offside, helping UNLV score.

The Sun Devil’s release came a week after committing 13 penalties for 135 yards against Southern Utah.

But ASU won every game, convincingly. There was no doubt which team was better after either contest.

It’s a testament to the talent on the roster.

Arizona State Cheerleaders entertain during a timeout during their game against UNLV at Sun Devil Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Tempe.

There have been so many NFL scouts roaming Frank Kush Field in the past two weeks that it feels like a National Jamboree involving the Order of the Arrow (it’s a Boy Scouts joke; laugh now and watch – it online later.)

The dolphins… the Packers… the bears… oh, la la!

It looks like representatives from half of the NFL are on the sidelines of ASU prospects who look set to take on the next level. Talent evaluators were treated to a treat on Saturday night.

Cornerback Chase Lucas had two pass breakups.

Linebacker Darien Butler had two sacks.

Running back Rachaad White had 90 yards with two touchdowns.

Now think about the potential if this group can figure out how to play a full game. (ASU outscored its first two opponents just 13-10 in the first quarter, but 65-7 in the last three.)

Or if they can limit their turnovers. (ASU had three in the first two weeks.)

These guys could really be onto something.

Above all, with perennial conference powerhouses Washington (0-2) and USC (1-1) showing major flaws so far. (UW lost to Montana in Week 1. Southern Cal gave up 42 points in a loss to Stanford on Saturday.)

ASU won’t meet with those schools until November, and the rankings could be completely upended by then.

But if things continue like this, with ASU seemingly getting stronger by the clock, and much of the rest of the Pac-12 engaging in an arms race of incompetence, then ASU could find themselves ahead. of the leaderboard, and maybe inside the top 15 in the next two weeks.

BYU is 2-0 after beating Arizona and Utah. He could be ranked in the top 25 by the time ASU arrives in Provo next week.

Win that, and the Sun Devils should aim for a top-15 finish to go with a 3-0 record heading into the conference game.

It’s always good to be undefeated.

It’s even better when most of the rest of the Pac-12 is struggling.

Who knows?

It’s early days, but Arizona State football could be onto something.

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