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A SIX PACK OF ASU, UA AND PAC 12 KNOWLEDGE

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        *ASU MOVED TO 2-0 BUT HAS FAILED TO COVER BIG NUMBERS AGAINST VASTLY INFERIOR OPPONENTS: The experienced defense allowed two long-scoring drives during the first half before Herm Edwards’ team outscored significantly outmanned UNLV 23-0 after halftime.
        *JAYDEN DANIELS IS RUNNING TOO OFTEN: Daniels had nine carries for 80 yards IN THE FIRST HALF and 13 carries for 122 yards rushing in the game. ASU can get away with that against UNLV, but he isn’t going to survive the season if that high run frequency continues against more physical competition.
        *THE SUN DEVILS DID REDUCE THE FOULS: ASU still had seven penalties for 65 yards, something that needs to improve even more during next Saturday’s game at BYU.
        *ASU IS ONE OF JUST THREE UNBEATEN PAC 12 TEAMS AFTER TWO WEEKS: Oregon physically dominated Ohio State on both sides of the ball throughout a 35-28 win in Columbus in a game stud defender Kayvon Thibodeaux (ankle) did not play (FYI – UCLA, idle on Saturday, is the third 2-0 team).
        *THE UA WAS INEXPLICABLY FAVORED IN ITS HOME OPENER: San Diego State scored the first 21 points, led 35-7 at halftime before the Aztecs let off the gas in the second half to win 38-14. In addition, new coach Jedd Fisch talked about a sellout crowd, but the announced attendance was 39,097 (more than recent seasons, but not close to a sellout).
        *THE IMPRESSIVE OREGON WIN WAS SOMEWHAT OFFSET IN CONFERENCE PLAY BY BAD LOSSES FROM USC, UTAH AND WASHINGTON: USC was destroyed, in Los Angeles, by Stanford which was nearly shutout in Week one by Kansas State. Utah, a road favorite, was significantly outplayed at BYU. Washington is 0-2 with one total touchdown after being manhandled at Michigan.