As the 2016 football season draws closer, it is time to start thinking about how well ASU football will do in the upcoming season.
Last season was a disappointment, everyone knows that, and because of last season fans would like a more realistic examination of how well ASU will do this upcoming season.
With their non-conference schedule being a favorable one, ASU should thrive in their non-conference games.
When it comes to their in-conference games, however, they may struggle a bit.
The Sun Devils start their in-conference schedule with a brutal three game stretch that features ASU up against Cal, USC, and UCLA.
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The game against Cal should be an evenly matched game. Both teams will feature new starting quarterbacks and both teams are looking to continue on their recent success in the past few years.
After Cal, the Sun Devils travel to USC. This will be a tough game for the Sun Devils as it seems that USC always has ASU’s number.
USC will be bringing in a top-10 recruiting class featuring two five-star players on the defensive side of the ball.
This will be a hard-fought game for the Sun Devils who will be looking to wipe away the embarrassment they suffered last season at the hands of the Trojans.
ASU will then face UCLA, a team that has all the potential in the world.
UCLA is led by Josh Rosen, a young quarterback who has the physical and mental ability to be a great quarterback this season and a dark horse candidate for the Heisman trophy.
ASU was able to beat UCLA last season by playing to the fullest of their capabilities, but this time around that may not be enough.
Prediction: This three-game stretch is the hardest stretch ASU has to face all season. I believe they will come out victorious over Cal, but will fall to both USC and UCLA.