ASU head coach Todd Graham recognizes the balanced attack presented by UCLA. Though their 216.6 rushing yards per game get national attention, the Bruins also average 288.7 yards per game through the air, good for 25th nationally. Graham was quoted as saying his Sun Devil defense needs to "stop the run, control the pass." The bend-but-don't-break attitude is going to be key to stopping the persistent and grinding offense of the Bruins.
Defensive tackle Will Sutton and running back Ka'Deem Carey have been added to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the best player in college football. No Arizona State player has ever won the award, which dates back to 1937.
Linebacker Brandon Magee is getting attention as well as a quarter finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to the collegiate football player who has the biggest on- and off-field impact for his program. The field has been narrowed down to 20 for the award, which has been given out since 2004.