Well, last week wasn't a good one for the House Of Sparky staff, as all four of us picked the Sun Devils to defeat the UCLA Bruins in Pasadena. As we all know, that didn't happen.
Saturday night brings a new opportunity for the team to get back on track in the Pac-12 South as they travel to snowy Pullman, Washington to play the Washington St. Cougars in the Palouse. This might not be an easy game for the Devils, but I certainly am hoping for an encore of last season's 42-0 drubbing in Tempe.
Matt Levine: It's going to be an uncomfortable element for the Sun Devils as Saturday. Cold, and possibly snow? I'm not sure I like it. After attending the chilly UCLA game, I saw how the team responded, and it wasn't great. Now it will be downright cold. The good thing is Osweiler grew up in Montana, so he can handle it. Marshall will continue to score, score, score with 3 TDs in this game and the defense will do enough to create 2 INT's and a fumble. Lyons will return one of them for a TD, and the Devils will win 45-28. MVP: Cameron Marshall
Brad Denny: If this was 2010, I'd think that the Devils would be looking at another loss on the heels of their deflating defeat in Pasadena. Thankfully, ASU has shown enough this year to have faith that they'll rebound with a strong effort in Pullman. The offensive line is coming off their best effort of the season, and with inclement weather likely, look for a heavy, and effective, dose of Cameron Marshall. Defensively, the Cougars are a one-trick pony with the pass, but a terrible offensive line means a long and painful night for Marshall Lobbestael. ASU gets back on track with a 35-17 win. MVP: The Offensive Line
Nikil Selvam: Cold weather and a road atmosphere work against the Sun Devils, but ASU should pull through in the end given this game's possible implications on the Pac-12 South race. Brock Osweiler will open up the passing attack with 300 yards and three touchdowns by game's end while Cameron Marshall will continue his recent string of 100-plus rushing games. The Cougars will score and keep things close as the ASU defense struggles early, but the Sun Devils will create turnovers in the second half and emerge as 42-35 victors. MVP: Brock Osweiler
Cory Williams: The defense of the Sun Devils will be very wound up to embarrass the Cougars on their home field, especially after an awful, pointless loss last weekend to UCLA. It's time to keep pace in the Pac-12 South race instead of treading water - this is easily the least talented team left on the schedule and must be dispatched in a big way. Brock Osweiler might struggle in the snow (despite his cold weather roots) but the running game will blow up old school on the Cougs. It's not going to be pretty, however. 34-18 ASU. MVP: Jamal Miles, who does a good job of juking the pants off WSU.