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October 15, 2013 at 10:17 AM

First look: Arizona State

Quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football alongside running back Marion Grice #1 during the college football game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Sun Devil Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football alongside running back Marion Grice #1 during the college football game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Sun Devil Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

First glance: Arizona State

By the numbers

7: Consecutive victories by ASU over the Huskies

68: Points for ASU off of its opponents’ 15 turnovers this season

86: High temperature in the forecast for Saturday in Tempe. UW will play its first afternoon game at Sun Devil Stadium since 2005.

Game time: 3 p.m. PT at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.

TV: Pac-12 Networks.

Coach: Todd Graham (12-7 in second season at ASU).

Record: 4-2, 1-2 Pac-12.

Last game: The Sun Devils built a 47-6 halftime lead and cruised to a 54-13 victory at home over Colorado.

The series: Tied 15-15. ASU won the last meeting 24-14 at Husky Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.

The early line: Arizona State by three points.

Key players: QB Taylor Kelly ranks No. 8 in the nation with an average of 327.5 yards passing per game, with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Kelly is also second on the team with 238 yards rushing. RB Marion Grice is “probably the best running back’s nobody’s heard of,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said. Grice leads the nation with 15 touchdowns (10 rushing, five receiving). WR Jaelen Strong has five consecutive 100-yard receiving games. DT Will Sutton, with 13 sacks in 2012, was the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year last season, and LB Carl Bradford had 11.5 sacks in 2012.

Arizona State’s key to success: Kelly and the ASU offense will push the pace as much as anyone, throwing 52 percent of the time. And with an improved receiving corps, led by Strong, the Devils are averaging 44.2 points per game, 10th-best in the nation.

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