The 2022 Arizona State football season kicks off Thursday when the Sun Devils host Northern Arizona at 7 p.m.
Sure, on paper this should be a win for ASU against the lower division Lumberjacks, though we should point to the score at Arizona Stadium last September 18 when NAU stunned Arizona 21-19. As Herm Edwards once said: “You play to win the game.”
So what should we expect from the Sun Devils in Edwards’ fifth season as head coach? The Arizona Republic has spent the summer trying to answer that question. Will the Sun Devils build on an 8-5 season that included a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl? Or, will it be too much to top the amount of rotation from last year’s veteran-laden team?
Pac-12 Football Week 1 Picks, Predictions:
Countdown to the start of ASU football for the 2022 season
Our ASU insider Michelle Gardner writes about how the Sun Devils are embracing the role of being a Pac-12 underdog amid a big rotation this season.
Columnist Kent Somers is on the same page, writing about how low expectations may be one of the few things ASU football has this season.
Fellow columnist Greg Moore has a slightly different take, writing that he thinks Herm Edwards could get everyone right where he wants the Sun Devils to be perhaps a lot better than most people think this season.
And what do the players have to say? Here’s a compilation of some of the best quotes to come out of ASU’s preseason camp.
Gardner divided the season into six stories to watch for the 2022 Sun Devils, stories that will determine the team’s success.
It also featured unit-by-unit previews that looked at the strengths and challenges for the team. You can find them here:
Will the new QB deliver for the Sun Devils?
Of course, all eyes will be on ASU’s new starting quarterback, Emory Jones, a transfer from Florida in the SEC who brings experience and hopefully leadership to the Sun Devils.
How will Arizona State fare in Game 1 against NAU?
The Sun Devils host the NAU Lumberjacks at Sun Devil Stadium in a Week 1 college football game on Thursday. How will ASU fare? College football writers shared their picks and predictions for the game.
What do the Pac-12 football title odds say?
How do punters and pundits think the Pac-12 season will play out? His favorite conference allegiances seem to be divided between USC, Utah and Oregon to win the title, and there wasn’t much love for Arizona schools.
What about the future of the Pac-12?
And speaking of the beleaguered Pac-12, we’ve been on top of the latest developments since Los Angeles schools announced their intent to participate in the Big Ten in 2024. We’ve got you covered with the latest expansion and relocation. rumors, updates and speculation as college football goes through another series of realignment spasms.
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