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Saturday, September 18, 2010
So many what ifs for Arizona State

By Ted Miller

Arizona State should not be satisfied with losing 20-19 at No. 11 Wisconsin.

But before we list things that should infuriate Sun Devils fans, let's note the major conclusion to draw from the heartbreaking loss: The Sun Devils aren't going to be anybody's patsy. The defense is legit and the offense is vastly improved. They looked much more like a bowl team than the one projected to finish ninth in the conference again.

That said.

What if...
What if, what if, what if. And if wishes were fished then pigs would fly. Wisconsin fans would counter with, "What if we didn't lose five starters to injury?"

Still, the Sun Devils offense gained 380 yards, including 169 yards on the ground. Steven Threet looks the part at quarterback, and the offensive line no longer appears to be an Achilles heel.

Question, Sun Devils fans: Does that information feel pretty good?

Sure, this one hurts. But it also suggested that the Sun Devils are going to be a participant, rather than an observer, in the Pac-10 race this fall.