Monday, January 22, 2018

Arizona State at Wisconsin

Arizona State can make plays defensively, but it's not likely it can make enough of them against the Wisconsin offense when the Sun Devils visit the Badgers in Week 3.

Arizona State offense vs. Wisconsin defense
• The Sun Devils' transition to a spread, no-huddle offensive scheme has not been a smooth one. Execution, or lack of it, from multiple phases seems to be the underlying factor. QB Steven Threet, a Michigan transfer, has been erratic at times with his decision making while forcing throws into coverage. In Threet's defense, it has not been entirely his fault as he has not received much help from a receiving corps that has had too many drive-stalling drops. Arizona State does possess solid depth and upside at receiver, led by Mike Willie and Gerell Robinson, who are both imposing figures at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds and flash ability to make plays down field. However, these two and the rest of Sun Devils' receiving corps will have to get on the same page with Threet before they face their first real test against the well-coached Badgers' back seven. Wisconsin will throw multiple zone looks at Threet from both a one- and two-high safety shell, and while they lack elite athleticism in the back end, the Badgers are able to mask this with great discipline and awareness in coverage. Threet can ill-afford to make the same mistakes he has made to start the season and must show more awareness for his check downs or it could result in a few costly turnovers.