Best-worst case redo: Arizona State

January, 26, 2011
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Every preseason we take a look at potential best-case and worst-case scenarios for every Pac-10 team. While these are often tongue-in-cheek, they nonetheless represent the top and bottom we see for each team.

So it might be worthwhile to revisit each.

Next up is Arizona State, which finished 6-6 and didn't qualify for a bowl game.

Best case: 9-4 with a Sun Bowl victory over Georgia Tech

What was right: The 2-0 start, losses to Oregon schools, California and USC and wins over Washington, Washington State, UCLA and Arizona. Brock Osweiler as the starting quarterback at the end of the season.

What was wrong: The two hooks: An upset win at Wisconsin and the season-changing win over Stanford. The Sun Devils lost those games by a combined five points. Osweiler as the starting quarterback at the start of the season; Steven Threet won the job before getting hurt. Elite local recruits Christian Westerman Insider and Brett Hundley Insider are headed to Auburn and UCLA, respectively.

Worst case: 3-9, the program's worst record since 1994, and coach Dennis Erickson fired.

What was right: Very little other than a 2-0 start and a win over Washington State.

What was wrong: The notion that the Sun Devils would go 1-9 versus FBS competition and play Erickson out of a job, which was no where near as threatened as some made it seem.

Conclusion: Considering the Sun Devils lost four games by four points or fewer, the best case is far closer to what happened in terms of the Sun Devils' overall quality. Might the best case become the reality in 2011? Said Fake Dennis Erickson, "We feel like we'll be in the Rose Bowl hunt in 2011."

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