No. 23 Sun Devils seek 3-0 start under ex-Aztec Edwards
No. 23 Arizona State (2-0) at San Diego State (1-1), 10:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network).
Line: Arizona State by 5½.
Series record: Arizona State leads 10-1-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Sun Devils, under new coach Herm Edwards, are looking to go 3-0 in nonconference play for the third time in five seasons after upsetting Michigan State 16-13 at Tempe. They’re also looking to avenge a 30-20 loss to the Aztecs in Tempe last season in which RB Rashaad Penny, now with the Seattle Seahawks, had 353 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. San Diego State coach Rocky Long calls these “opportunity” games. Last year the Aztecs beat ASU and Stanford of the Pac-12 in consecutive weeks.
San Diego State RB Juwan Washington (314 yards, four TDs, 60 carries) against an Arizona State defense led by coordinator Danny Gonzales. Gonzales spent the previous seven seasons on SDSU’s defensive staff, before being hired away by Edwards. ASU has the No. 1 run defense in the country, allowing 1.07 yards per rush.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: WR N’Keal Harry has a reception in all 27 games with ASU, tied for the eighth-longest active streak in FBS. He has a TD catch in his last four games.
San Diego State: Junior QB Ryan Agnew will make his first career start with QB Christian Chapman (sprained left knee) out. Agnew came off the bench after Chapman was hurt to lead the Aztecs to their comeback win last week against Sacramento State, completing 11 of 17 passes for 159 yards.
FACTS & FIGURES
San Diego State DT Noble Hall Jr. (dislocated right wrist) is out ... Edwards finished his college playing career as a defensive back for the Aztecs in 1976 and graduated from SDSU with a degree in criminal justice. ... Former SDSU head coach Al Luginbill is ASU’s director of player personnel. ... ASU QB Manny Wilkins is eighth in program history with 6,216 yards passing and needs 394 to move into a tie for seventh. ... Washington posted his second straight 150-yard game and the fourth 100-yard game of his career. ... Agnew had thrown nine passes the previous two seasons before last week.
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