Posted by Sun Devil P.A.T. on January 08, 19 at 14:13:44:
In Reply to: Athlon's early Pac 12 fOOOball picks... posted by Vinny'sDevils on January 08, 19 at 12:51:14:
...but I really don't get Athlon's infatuation with the U of A? I guess because Mr. all world, Kalil Tate, is returning is the only reason I can see that they would have the Wildcats ranked in front of ASU. Of course, ASU is losing our starting quarterback (Manny Wilkins) and our stud receiver in N'Keal Harry, but we return Eno Benjamin and most of our other receivers. The defense is young and should only get better.
ASU's schedule is set up for success next year. We don't have to play Washington and Stanford (the U of A does), and we have Oregon and Washington State in Tempe. I expect ASU to win at least 8, maybe 9 games next season. They should win at least 8 with the schedule they are playing. I could see ranking ASU behind Utah and maybe USC, but not Arizona. UCLA is going to be an interesting team next season. The Bruins were terrible to start the 2018 season, and they clearly improved the last half of the season under Chip Kelly.
These early season picks/ polls are always interesting, I just don't get the infatuation with the U of A. The Wildcats had the perfect schedule to be successful this past season, and went 5-7. I don't get the "love fest" that so many magazines/ news outlets have for them? Go Sun Devils!
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