ASU Football: Week 3 opponent results and recap

Ron Antonelli

The Sun Devils escaped with a bizarre victory against Wisconsin in Tempe. How did the rest of ASU's future schedule fare in week 3 of the college football season? Hint: they did well.

Stanford: Defeated Army, 34-20. It was a noon kickoff in New York, and Stanford got off to a slow start. Their talent overcame the time difference, and the Cardinal left West Point with a win. Army methodically ran the ball for 284 yards, dominating the time of possession battle and giving the Cardinal all they wanted. Will ASU be able to run the ball effectively against this front seven? Could be a game changer. NEXT UP: The Sun Devils!

USC: Defeated Boston College, 35-7. Cody Kessler was named the starting quarterback, and he turned in a very efficient game, completing 15 of 17 passes against a previously undefeated Eagles team. NEXT UP: The dynamic Utah State offense comes to LA to challenge Lane Kiffin's squad.

Notre Dame: Defeated Purdue, 31-24. The Irish were down 17-10 in the fourth quarter, but exploded for 21 points to win the battle of Indiana. DaVaris Daniels had a huge game, catching eight passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. His 82-yard reception from Tommy Rees really turned the game around for Notre Dame. NEXT UP: Hosting Michigan State.

Colorado: Game against Fresno State was postponed due to flooding in Boulder in the week leading up to the game. NEXT UP: It's a scheduled bye week for the Buffaloes.

Washington: Defeated Illinois, 34-24. It wasn't a pretty game, but the Huskies went into Soldier Field and took on a reasonably tough BCS opponent and came out with a win. Road games are always an x-factor for a college team, but Sark and UW passed the test. Bishop Sankey had a huge game, picking up 208 yards on the ground. Unstoppable. NEXT UP: Washington gets their easiest game of the season thus far at home against Idaho State.

Washington State: Defeated Southern Utah, 48-10. The Cougs cannot run the ball, but Connor Halliday put up five touchdown passes and 383 yards in the air to dismantle the Thunderbirds secondary. NEXT UP: The Cougs keep the home cooking going, taking on Idaho in Pullman.

Utah: Lost to Oregon State, 51-48. The Utes ran for 260 yards on the ground, amassing 539 total offensive yards. Unfortunately, the Beavers were also firing on all cylinders offensively, including 443 passing yards by Sean Mannion. Just a real tough loss, but Utah is much improved. NEXT UP: Heading to Provo to face the BYU Cougars in the Holy War.

Oregon State: Defeated Utah, 51-48. Holy offensive explosion, Batman! As I mentioned earlier, a tough day on the ground forced Mannion to unleash the hounds; 443 passing yards and five touchdowns was the result. The loss to Eastern Washington has sullied the season, but they can still make noise in the Pac-12, as it appears the ship has been righted. NEXT UP: A road tilt in San Diego against the SDSU Aztecs.

UCLA: Defeated Nebraska, 41-21. An unbelievable turn of events in Lincoln. After scoring only 3 points in the first half, the Bruins trampled the Blackshirts for 38 unanswered points in the second half. This game reminded me a little of the ASU vs. USC game in 2005 when the Sun Devils had a solid lead at the half, only to get wiped out as the game progressed. The Bruins have a lot of weapons and look to be very, very dangerous for all opponents. NEXT UP: The New Mexico State Aggies come to the Rose Bowl.

Arizona: Defeated UTSA, 38-13. Another week, another easy win for the Wildcats, who haven't played anybody yet. I'm sure it was helpful to ease their new quarterback into the job, and everyone loves a 3-0 record down south. Will reality strike with the Pac-12 schedule starting on September 28? NEXT UP: It's a bye week for UA before they face Washington in Seattle.

Total Upcoming Opponent's Record, Week Three: 8-1 (88.8%)

Total Upcoming Opponent's Record, Week Two: 7-2 (77.7%)

Total Upcoming Opponent's Record, Week One: 8-3 (72.7%)

Season Total Upcoming Opponent's Record: 23-6 (79.3%)

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