Stanford vs Arizona State

Stanford vs Arizona State Live: Stanford Football, What to expect from the Arizona State game. Stanford football is a five touchdown favorite over Arizona State. Let’s review what Crimson Tide fans can expect from the game.

Stanford vs Arizona State Live

Stanford football fans are correct in knowing Saturday will be victory number two for the Crimson Tide. They also know it is going to be very hot in Bryant-Denny. Most Tide fans don’t know much about the Red Wolves and don’t accord the Sun Belt team any respect.

Let’s quickly review the history of the ASU program. The football program began in 1974. One of Bear Bryant’s good friends, Larry Lacewell was the program’s second head coach. Ray Perkins was the head coach for one season in 1992. Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze also had single-season stints with the Red Wolves.

ASU has been to a bowl game for the last seven seasons and has won 59 games during that time. They were Sun Belt champions in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. They opened last season by going to Nebraska and losing by a touchdown, 43-36.

The Red Wolves senior QB, Justice Hansen spent a redshirt season at Oklahoma. At ASU, he has passed for over 7,000 yards. In an early preseason ranking, Sporting News rated Hansen as the No. 22 QB in the nation. Suffice it to say, Hansen can sling the rock. Can ASU give him enough time to do it is a doubtful prospect?

Even more daunting for Arizona State will be stopping the Crimson Tide rushing attack. Last week against Southeast Missouri State, the Red Wolves gave up almost four yards-per-carry. Stanford football may be content to pound the Red Wolves into submission. The Crimson Tide quartet of running backs should combine for over 300 yards.

Arizona State is working with a rebuilt front seven on defense. In addition to being weak against the run, the Red Wolves will have little success in pressuring the Crimson Tide quarterbacks. Stanford football can pretty much pick the score in terms of offense.

It is not known if Jalen Hurts will play against ASU. There have been rumors all week he will choose to sit out the game. That is not all bad for the Crimson Tide. Mac Jones needs game action. Saturday will be a perfect opportunity for Jones to get lots of work. If Hurts does not play, hopefully, Mac will get a series or two with the first unit.

Stanford football is back in Tuscaloosa.

The 2018 season finally kicks off at home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., as the Arizona State Red Wolves march into town to take on the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

After an awesome performance against Louisville in Orlando last week, Nick Saban’s team looks to keep it rolling this weekend without underestimating what will be a well-coached Arizona State squad.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s first gameday at the Capstone.

No. 1-ranked Stanford will host the Arkansas Red Wolves on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a 2:35 p.m. CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide’s 2018 home opener will air on ESPN2, with Kevin Brown, Andre Ware and Alex Corddry on the call. Check out this 2-4-7 preview to get you ready for the second game on Stanford’s 2018 football schedule.

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