By Jonathan Okanes
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 1:26 pm in off-season stuff.
No. 7: Arizona State. Prognosticators got a little excited last year after the Sun Devils 10-3 season in 2007, but a further look reveals that ASU’s successful year was enhanced by a very manageable schedule. The Sun Devils were served a dose of reality last season, finishing 5-7 and missing out on a bowl game. One good thing for ASU is that recruits got excited over the 2007 season and the Sun Devils brought in a top-20 recruiting class. But last year’s slide hurt recruiting, and although ASU secured one of the nation’s top recruits in linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the class was a step down from the previous year. The talent just isn’t in the program right now for the Sun Devils to make a push for an upper division finish. They will be breaking in a new quarterback and don’t have a top-level running back. The receivers lack playmaking ability and the offensive line is questionable. Mike Nixon is a pretty good linebacker and if Burfict plays right away, ASU could be strong at that position. Dexter Davis is one of the nation’s top defensive ends, so the Sun Devils could potentially have a pretty good defense. They will need it to finish higher in the Pac-10.