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2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 90
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 13

Arizona State Sun Devils’ head coach Dennis Erickson probably feels like he is surrounded by fire and brimstone. The Sun Devils started 2009 4-2, only to suffer a six game losing streak; a feat they accomplished two years in a row. With so many changes to his football team, Erickson may be looking for some divine intervention.

Arizona State will look like a very different team in 2010, especially on offense. The starting quarterback, running and wide receivers are all gone. The quarterback spot is still up for grabs between Michigan transfer Steven Threet and incumbents Brock Osweiler and Samson Szakacsy. Each one brings something different to the table, so it will be interesting to see who Erickson will go with.

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Sophomore Cameron Marshall will take over the starting running back duties after rushing for 280 yards as a backup. He will be forced to do a lot of work on his own, as his offensive line is nothing to write home about. The leading returning receiver is Kerry Taylor , who caught 23 passes for 276 yards a season ago. Oregon transfer Aaron Pflugrad will get every opportunity to start on the other side.

The Sun Devils’ defense was terrific last season, but more than half of the starters are gone. The defensive line should be an area of strength, with three players returning. Defensive tackles Lawrence Guy and Saia Falahola are great at clogging the middle and getting after the quarterback.

Middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict was the PAC 10 Defensive freshman of the year and finished second on the team in tackles. Cornerback Omar Bolden is the leader of the secondary, and is surrounded by a lot of young, inexperienced players.

Arizona State has a lot of holes to fill. Even if their defense can maintain its high level from 2009, the offense looks to be too weak to make any kind of a splash in the PAC 10.

Arizona State’s odds to win the PAC 10 : + 1200

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