Can Arizona State football compete in the Pac-12 in 2022?

Arizona State football is a meager 25-18 with only one bowl victory under fifth-year head coach Herm Edwards. But could things change in 2022?

When former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards took over as head coach at Arizona State in 2017, expectations were sky high from the start. Not only did he spend the previous nine years as an NFL analyst, but he was also a highly respected coach in the league for eight years with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

Considered a dynamic and tireless scout who was seemingly determined to develop young talent and reinvent a dying program that hadn’t won a division title since 2013. It was easy for fans and casual spectators to support Edwards at the ‘era. However, less than five years later, Herm and Arizona State’s football outlook has changed dramatically.

After a three-year gradual ascent, the program came under fire last summer when the NCAA investigated alleged recruiting violations that surfaced in June 2021. After having to play the season under a dark and looming cloud, the program ended with a disappointing 8-5 record.

To make matters worse, half of their entire coaching staff quit or were fired within months. While 17 players entered the transfer portal choosing to take their talents elsewhere. Including former four-star recruits like wide receiver Lonyatta Alexander, linebacker Eric Gentry, defensive lineman Jermayne Lole and quarterback Jayden Daniels.

As a result, the Sun Devils look very different heading into the 2022 college football regular season. This means that if ASU hopes to be successful, it will need major contributions from the remaining players, those who have transferred and their half-rebuilt coaching staff.

Without further ado, here’s a comprehensive look at Arizona State’s 2022 offense, defense, and soccer schedule.