Arizona State comes to town Saturday night with an improved offense and the same type of nasty defense that led the conference in personal fouls last season. The Devils are 2-3 on the season but losses to Wisconsin, Oregon, and Oregon State could all have gone the other way if ASU could eliminate mistakes like turnovers and penalties.
Last years game in Tempe erupted into a free for all penalty fest. The Sun Devils strategy was to take the Washington offense out of the game by making them so mad that they couldn't execute. The strategy worked and ASU won the game on a last second hail mary pass for a touchdown.
Fast forward to this season and the Sun Devils are using the same type of strategy to intimidate opponents. LB Vontaze Burfict is the leader of this defense. He won't be starting on Saturday because Erickson is punishing him for a dead ball personal foul he committed against Oregon State QB Ryan Katz. Sr Gerald Munns will start in his place.