The over is also 4-1 in Arizona State’s last five games overall and 7-2 in its last nine non-conference games.
This is the easiest position matchup for ASU to win, hands down.
Sticking to the end-versus-tackle theme, the Sun Devils have finally given the left tackle reins to the 6’5, 310 pound Evan Goodman.
After turning in one of the most dominant careers in recent Texas high school football history, the expectations are high for the 5-foot-11 Murray, with some already comparing him to 2012 Heisman Trophy victor Johnny Manziel. Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones and Speedy Noil will torment defenses all year. All three considered ASU until their commitments. Both will get Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall to start off. Welcome to big-time college football guys.
“He’s like having a coach on the field, ” Graham said. It’s by design that the pressure for ASU to win its first game – with a goal of doing it 14 more times – is welcomed. On the inside, Texas A&M returns Alonzo Williams, Hardreck Walker, and Julien Obioha.
ASU has plenty of depth on the defensive line, just without too much outstanding talent. Wicker, who is traditionally a 3-technique, is expected to occupy the 5-technique spot that was reserved for Marcus Hardison in 2014.
The most important factor on ASU’s defense, let alone its linebacker corp, is the health of Moeakiola.
A&M’s linebacking corps was one of its weak links last season, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the same in 2015. He played junior college ball at College of the Canyons in southern California where he had 55 catches for 667 yards and six touchdowns in eight games last season.
Graham will surely help his cause by leading Arizona State to a season-opening victory against an SEC power. At the running back position, Tra Carson is expected to have a breakthrough season. Everyone knows that. Conner McQueen, a quarterback for Texas A&M, is prepping for his team’s big showdown against Arizona State Saturday night with some hearty bacon and eggs.