Second-half outlook: Arizona State

October, 21, 2009
10/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Arizona State

Record: 4-2. 2-1

Arizona State has a very good defense, but its bowl hopes likely lie with its offense, which has been mediocre-to-bad this season. Will senior Danny Sullivan continue to gain confidence and hold onto his job? Or will Dennis Erickson turn to freshman Brock Osweiler? The key may be as much with the offensive line, which needs to get and stay healthy, as with the quarterbacks.

Remaining schedule: at Stanford, California, USC, at Oregon, at UCLA, Arizona

Best-case scenario: The Sun Devils win four of six down the stretch and earn a solid bowl berth.

Worst-case scenario: The schedule gets tougher and the offense gets worse, leaving the Sun Devils with a losing record and a finish in the bottom third of the conference.

Prediction: Poinsettia Bowl.

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