Since our Ducks rest up this coming weekend and have an extra week of preparation for Cal (like it’s needed with the way their defense has played), I thought it fitting to talk about the big showdown between Stanford and Arizona State – and why it’s important for the Ducks.
The nationally-televised game between ASU and Stanford features teams that have won in ways reminiscent of how things were done in the past. Stanford played a very mediocre Army squad and struggled a bit on the road. There were lapses on defense and not enough consistency on offense to put fear into any opponent. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to go to sleep on the Cardinal, as their defense has the ability to pitch a shutout on any given Saturday.
The Sun Devils come in having beaten a formidable Wisconsin group, in what was as strange an ending to a football game as you will ever see. Taylor Kelly continues to perform well, and the ASU defensive front seven could be the best in the Pac-12.
Whatever happens on Sunday night, you may well be seeing the two best defenses in the conference have at each other. There are plenty of Duck fans who will argue that sentiment, but honestly we won’t know until the season is done. Either way, I see the Cardinal remaining undefeated, so that they can retain that top-5 showdown possibility with the Ducks, come November. There are a lot of obstacles that lay in the way of that happening for Stanford, with Arizona State being next on the list.