Arizona State Sun Devils – Season Overview

asu-sun-devils-football-blogAs you probably know, the Arizona State University Sun Devils football team is in the fierce  Pac-12 Conference. Currently, Arizona State is ranked #9 out of the 12 teams in their conference but are hoping to finish strong this season. In order to earn their place in a bowl game this year, they have to win two games. Their first upcoming game they have to win is against Washington and the odds are heavily in Washington’s’ favor. Washington is actually favored by 26 points, and for all of you sports betters out there, you may want to think hard about this one. Right off the bat Washington has a huge advantage because they’re playing at home, and usually perform very well at home. But, before you go making any bets, I have a feeling the Sun Devils are going to come out for blood this game. When your team knows they have 2 chances left at accomplishing their goal of playing in a bowl game, it really sparks a fire inside of them. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy by any means, but I think they’ll certainly put up a fight and it will be a fun game to watch. After ASU faces the Washington Huskies, they will then face their Arizona Rivals, the U of A Wildcats. Once again, the Wildcats will have home field advantage in this game and will be hungry to end their terrible season on a positive note. The wildcats are 2-8 this season and haven’t had a win yet in 12 chances against other teams in their division. Since the Wildcats and Sun Devils are have a heated history when playing each other and are both in the PAC-12 division, it always makes for an entertaining game to watch.

The Sun Devils football team has a pretty bad record when it comes to division play this year. Their record is only 2-5 when playing teams against other teams in their division but they’ve had some close games. They had a few chances to win in some big games and didn’t execute when it mattered most and wound up putting them in quite a precarious situation. It will be interesting to see how the Sun Devils perform in their last couple of games this seasons. I know their head coach is hoping to see a solid foundation of experienced players that he can count on to have a great season next year. This post was sponsored Brian, the owner of btbouncies.com and a huge ASU Sun Devils fan.…

U of A Wildcats 2016 Update

u-of-a-wildcats-football-blogThe U of A Wildcats have had a pretty depressing year in the PAC-12 division. They haven’t won a game this entire season against an opposing team in their division and have only won 2 games against opponents outside of their division. While the expectations were set pretty low this year for the Wildcats, they still managed to come up short of what was considered a conservative outlook on their 2016 season. They don’t have any chance to make a bowl game this year but you can bet they’re looking forward to stomping out their rivals during the last game of the season, the ASU Sun Devils.

So what happened to the Wildcats this season? The short version of the story is that they were plagued by injuries that included some of their star players. The coaching wasn’t to blame as much as the poor performances by their second string team that was asked to come in and fill some big shoes and fill the void that the injuries left them with. Although the Wildcats aren’t known for being a powerhouse in the PAC-12 football league, they still thought they could build a solid foundation to build upon next year.

Instead of writing this season off and throwing it in the trash, the Wildcats can walk away knowing that their starters for next season definitely got a lot more real time game experience than they were expecting. In the past, the teams that had their second string team in the game more often usually performs at a much better level in the next season. It’s hard for a player to come into a new season that has been sitting on the bench for their entire career at a school and play well. The emotions and adrenaline that pumps through your veins at the beginning of a game can be very hard to manage unless you have a psychological coach of you’ve been there before and know what it takes to use that energy in an effective way.

If I were the coach of the Wildcats, I wouldn’t be scared of losing my job. The decision makers have to understand that it wasn’t completely their fault and most of their poor performance can be blamed on the injuries their team suffered. While I’m not one to make excuses for other on a consistent basis, I would say their coaching staff should get somewhat of a free pass this year. We’ve seen this type of season happen with the New England Patriots in the past when they were still being coached by Bill Belichick. He’s certainly a hall of fame coach but didn’t make the playoffs one year when their team suffered from more injuries than any other year in the history of the team! If the Wildcats are smart, they’ll take the positives of this season and run with it in hopes of earning their spot in a bowl game in their 2017 season.…