Arizona State (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) at Stanford (2-4, 0-4), Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT (Pac-12 Network)
Line: Stanford by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
Series record: Arizona State leads 18-15
WHAT IS AT STAKE
Both teams are trying to get on the right track in conference play. Stanford ended an 11-game losing streak against FBS teams by beating Notre Dame 16-14 last week. But the Cardinal lost a school-record 10 straight conference games. Arizona State is coming off an open date and is looking for its second conference win.
Arizona State QB Emory Jones against Stanford secondary. After a few weeks of back and forth with their two best quarterbacks due to injuries, the Sun Devils went with the more experienced Jones. Jones is one of the best QBs in the Pac-12 and makes 63.6% of his throws. Stanford counters with the No. 2 pass defense in the conference, giving up 212.3 yards per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: RB Xazavian Vallady is averaging 94.3 yards per game. He rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown and also caught a TD pass in the Sun Devils’ win over Washington before the opening date.
Stanford: QB Tanner McKee had 1,557 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Notre Dame held it without a touchdown for the first time this season.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Stanford’s win over Notre Dame was his first against an FBS team since Oct. 2, 2021. … The Cardinal fired all five 2021 starting offensive linemen, but due to injuries has already used four different combinations this season . … Stanford is 82-8 under head coach David Shaw when leading at halftime. Shaw is five wins shy of 100 for his career.
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