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Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sun Devils' offense continues to click

By Adam Rittenberg

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is fortunate to be down only 10-3 right now.

Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet is doing it again to the Badgers, leading a confident Arizona State offense down the field. Threet looks great but is getting lots of help from his running backs and a powerful offensive line. Arizona State has racked up 168 yards of offense in a quarter and a half.

The Sun Devils are playing Wisconsin-type football, running the ball right through the heart of the Badgers' defense. Wisconsin is young at the defensive tackle spot, and with linebacker Chris Borland (shoulder) sidelined, there's some vulnerability there. Threet made some very nice throws and got a boost from running backs Deantre Lewis and Cameron Marshall. He nearly had a touchdown strike to George Bell, but Bell's foot hit just out of bounds.

Wisconsin needs to respond and get a lot more physical on both sides of the ball. Aside from tight end Lance Kendricks, the Badgers are struggling right now.