The preview box for Saturday’s paper got cut a little bit, so I thought I’d just post the whole thing here.
Arizona State (2-3, 0-2), Washington (2-2, 1-0)
Time: 7 p.m. at Husky Stadium
Radio: 950 AM
The line: UW by 2.5.
The setup: This is the first of two home games for UW following a 32-31 win at USC last Saturday that breathed life back into the season. Huskies are hoping to avoid a letdown, remembering that they lost six of seven last season after beating the Trojans. Arizona State has lost eight straight Pac-10 games since beating UW last season and is already in pretty much a make-or-break situation in terms of its bowl hopes.
What to expect: UW’s offense is back on track after a fabulous performance at USC and will try to continue the strategy of letting Jake Locker make plays on the run. However, ASU has one of the faster defenses around so Huskies may try to attack the Sun Devils up the middle. ASU is sure to a Husky run defense that ranks 113th in the country, allowing 234.8 yards per game and six yards per carry. UW may try to pressure ASU QB Steven Threet, who is not mobile and has thrown 10 interceptions.
Notes: Standout ASU middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict will not start as punishment for a head butt on OSU QB Ryan Katz last Saturday. It’s uncertain how long he will sit out. … UW leads the series 15-14 but Arizona State has won the last six, dating to a 33-31 UW win in Tempe in 2001. ASU won last year in Tempe 24-17 on a 50-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left. … ASU coach Dennis Erickson is 5-6 against the Huskies in stints at Miami, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State. He is 3-0 as coach of the Sun Devils. … UW is one of only five teams in FBS that has converted all of its red zone opportunities, going 13-13 (eight TDs, five FGs). … WR Jermaine Kearse leads the Pac-10 in receiving (107.5 yards per game) while LB Mason Foster leads in tackles (12 per game). … Tom Glasgow and former UW QB Warren Moon have the call on FSN. …
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), P Will Mahan (knee) each out for the season; RB Johri Fogerson (hip) doubtful this week; DT Cameron Elisara (shoulder stinger), LG Erik Kohler (flu) questionable.
ASU — CB Deveron Carr (shoulder) out; LT Dan Knapp (knee), WR Aaron Pflugrad (turf toe) doubtful, RB Deantre Lewis (shoulder), will play.
Upset possibility: ASU’s performance against Oregon, when it outgained the Ducks 597-405, is all the evidence anyone needs that the Sun Devils have it in them to beat the Huskies. If ASU converts its drives, eliminates turnovers and gets some confidence early, the Devils could go home happy.
Key matchup: UW QB Jake Locker vs. ASU MLBs Gerald Munns and Vontaze Burfict. Burfict won’t start but will play, and he and Locker may be the two most physically gifted players at their positions in the conference. Munns, a senior who has started just five games in his career, will start in place of Burfict and UW is sure to try to take advantage of Burfict’s absence. Whoever plays the middle for ASU will have Locker in his sights all night.
Prediction: Washington 30, Arizona State 26.
Here is a similar scouting report from the Arizona Republic.