Can WSU upset ASU football? Think back to 2011

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There’s the possibility of some snow falling in Pullman, Wash., but not before Saturday.  By that time, the Arizona State football team will have made its visit and will be safely back to the desert.

And that could be important since it was a Washington snowfall that knocked ASU off its tracks the last time they were in Pullman.

Snow and football success in Pullman have not mixed well for the Sun Devils, who were shocked by the Cougars a couple of years ago on a snowy field at Martin Stadium.  That loss put an end to a three-game winning streak the Devils had built.

ASU (5-2, 3-1) has won three of its last four games and carries a No. 25 national ranking into Pullman for tonight’s game.  Washington State is 4-4 and 2-3 in the Pac-12, and coming off consecutive conference losses to Colorado and Washington; the Buffaloes and Huskies both scored more than 50 points against the Cougars.

The Sun Devils are averaging slightly more than 45 points a game, very close to the school record of 46.8 points per game that was set 41 years ago.  And Marion Grice, the senior running back from Texas, is leading the nation in scoring with 15.4 points per game and in rushing touchdowns with 12.

And ASU’s redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Kelly is ranked ninth in the nation with 24.7 completions per game.

Kinda looks like a no-brainer.  ASU by three or four touchdowns, right?

That’s probably a safe bet.  However, here are some things to think about before you put that bet down:

Since the game is in Pullman, there’s always the chance that opponents will be blindsided by the weather.  Temperatures will be in the low 40’s by kick-off time, the wind will be blowing, and there’s a 30 percent chance of rain.

ASU may also be looking past the Cougars to next week’s match-up with South Division foe Utah, which will have a bye week to prepare for the Sun Devils.

And the Cougars are capable of pulling the rabbit out of the hat.  They beat USC earlier in the season and, despite losing three out of the last four games, they hung 44 points on California and 38 on No. 2 Oregon.  They’re averaging 31 points and 431 yards per game; they just need to find a way to hold down the Devils, who have scored over 50 points in their last three games.

Also consider that the Cougars’ prolific quarterback, Connor Halliday, is setting school and conference records. Despite the fact that the 6’4″ redshirt junior is prone to interceptions, he has completed 63.8 percent of his passes so far this season, accumulating 2,798 yards and 18 touchdowns.  He has five 300-yard games this year and three four-touchdown games, and threw for 521 yards against Cal.

And he’s on a tear.  He ran wild in his last game, before getting some time off in a bye week.  Against Oregon, he set both school and Pac-12 records by throwing for 557 yards and completing 58 of the 89 passes he attempted. Those 58 completions tied an NCAA Division I record and were the second-most completions in NCAA history.

That last opponent was an explosive team that runs a fast-paced offense…  just like ASU.

(Photo: Washington State Athletics)