Sam Barbee: In my local newspaper picks, I chose Stanford. I thought the Cardinal's physicality and brutality up front would be too much for Arizona State to handle. Well, I was wrong. The Sun Devils have come back from their humiliating defeat to UCLA and won all of their games since. That's really impressive. A lot of people left them for dead after that, but we've seen UCLA go backwards and Arizona State go forward. Arizona State is now a contender in the South.
As for Stanford, that's puzzling. At times, they look like world beaters. Other times, they look like a mediocre football team. It's weird. In Seattle, the Cardinal were a wonderful team. In Tempe, they were decent, average, merely ok. It's a really good win for Arizona State, because they hadn't beaten Stanford in I don't know how long. For Stanford, it's a frustrating loss. That's all I can make of it. But I don't think either team has really found its identity yet. With half the conference schedule done, I guess we'll learn a lot about both teams in the coming weeks.
Mark Schipper: That Stanford offense is awfully bad. The Cardinal had been so dominant recently against Arizona State that I thought they would go down there and grit one out. It wasn’t even close.
I wrote about Stanford heading into their game against Notre Dame, and I think a lot of what I wrote than was further exposed Saturday night. They do not have a running back that has the ability to be a workhorse like Gerhart, Gaffney, or Taylor were in the past, and that is hindering their ability to move the ball. On top of that, this offensive line seems to lack the mean streak that we've seen in the past from Stanford. In last night's contest, ASU's offensive line actually got to the second level much better than Stanford's O-Line did. The Cardinal still have Oregon, Utah, and UCLA on their schedule, and as long as Kevin Hogan continues to have a lackluster senior year, the Cardinal may have their worst season of the last five years.