Although Arizona State's bye week falls one week after the technical midpoint of the 2011 season, it still makes for a perfect dividing mark.
In the Sun Devils' rearview mirror is the meat of their schedule, a slate that featured major battles against Missouri, Illinois, USC, Utah and Oregon. ASU has emerged from that portion at a hearty 5-2, including a key 3-1 conference record that has them in prime position to take home the Pac-12 South title.
The bye week also presents a great opportunity to review and analyze just how the Sun Devils have performed through the first seven weeks. We'll hand out grades for each position, identify the high point and low point, and why there are reasons for both optimism and concern going forward.