The Arizona State Sun Devils will have a formidable (although not impossibly tough) schedule this season. With no Oregon State (although thankfully no Stanford), a Power 5 and a strong Group 5 program.
ASU has to play Texas Tech as their main non-conference foe, then trek to San Antonio to battle the UTSA Roadrunners for a potential trap game the week after. Those are two difficult minefields.
After a home game with Cal comes the difficult pivot in their schedule: at USC, UCLA in the first two weeks of October, which is exactly what they endured last season. If Arizona State can survive that stretch unscathed, they can put themselves back on the path.
And then November is just a minefield. ASU has to wrap things up with three road games in the final four weeks, none of them easy. Arizona State hits the road to face Arizona, Washington and Oregon. Yikes. ASU battles Utah at home as well, so there are no real easy games.