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Opponent Defense Preview: ASU

Intros? Still dumb. So let’s not...

Personnel and What to Expect

Let’s start off with what I associate with the ASU defense (and will for quite some time):

Unlike the Todd Graham years, where they blitzed on an ungodly amount of plays with zero regard for whether or not doing so made sense, this defense prefers to send fewer and let clogged up passing lanes aid the sacks; in fact they’re only blitzing around 20% of the time.

The result is a way less erratic, high-risk high-reward defense. They’re averaging over six tackles for loss per game — 27th in the country and second-best in the Pac-12 after Utah — but a middling 2.