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ASU vs. Washington State: By the Numbers Preview

A look at Saturday's matchup in Pullman, by the numbers.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

As the Arizona State Sun Devils travel to Pullman, Wash. to face the Washington State Cougars, recent trends suggest this should be an easy trip for ASU. With the Cougars surging and the Sun Devils struggling, some of those numbers could experience some serious outliers.

Here is a look at the ASU-WSU's clash on Saturday as well as their series history, by the numbers:


This is the fourth meeting between Todd Graham and Mike Leach as head coaches of their respective teams. Graham's Sun Devils have won all three games since 2012.


Arizona State is 10-7 when playing in Pullman.


The Sun Devils have won 10 of their last 11 games over the Cougars. The seven-game winning streaking achieved over Washington State from 2004-10 is the longest in series history.


Washington State's offense, led by quarterback Luke Falk, is averaging 407.4 passing yards per game, the most in the Pac-12 and the third-highest in the entire FBS.


Washington State receiver Gabe Marks has 63 receptions for the season, tied for eighth in the nation and leads the Pac-12. Marks also stands atop of the receiving leaderboards, ranking first in touchdowns (11) and catches per game (7.9), while placing second in receiving yards (800).


Per the ASU sports information department, Mike Bercovici has three touchdown runs over 15 yards this year, matching previous ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly's career total in this stat.


Per the ASU sports information department, linebacker Salamo Fiso is averaging 2.0 tackles for loss per game, which is the second-highest average in the entire nation.


The Sun Devils' 9.5 tackle for loss per game are the second most in the nation. The Cougars aren't trailing too far behind, as their 8.0 TFLs per game are second in the Pac-12 and tied for 11th in the country.


Per the ASU sports information department, Arizona State forces a rate of 38 percent of its play on defense resulting in negative or no-yardage plays.


The Sun Devils are 9-3 on the road (including neutral-site games in the regular season) under Graham against teams who were unranked heading into those games. Their last lost against a then-unranked team on the road was on Sept. 5 against Texas A&M, who now ranks 25th in the AP Top 25 and No. 19 in this week's College Football Playoff Rankings.