Sunday, September 24, 2017

Arizona State vs. Boise State

A shaky Arizona State defense faces a tough test against Kellen Moore and Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Arizona State offense vs. Boise State defense
The strength of the Sun Devils' offense has been through the air on the arm of QB Brock Osweiler. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Osweiler has elite physical tools, a cannon for an arm and more than adequate mobility for his size. He can drive the ball and deliver an accurate throw vertically, which has allowed him to hit big-bodied receivers Gerell Robinson (6-4, 222) and Mike Willie (6-4, 220) downfield in one-on-one matchups. This kind of vertical passing attack has given Boise State issues in the back end. The Broncos have been vulnerable on the outside, and injuries forced defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatowski to move George Illoka from safety to cornerback. Iloka has solid size but is more at home as a safety because he lacks fluidity and closing burst. The Broncos' secondary can expect to be tested early and often in the vertical passing game.