Oregon Ducks Football: Scouting Arizona State’s Offense


The Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0) have been rolling on offense this season outscoring their opponents 243-85.  They jump on teams in the first half outscoring the opposition by a 145-55 margin.  The team is second in the Pac-12 in offense only trailing the Ducks.


Arizona State has had major success in Pac-12 games this season.  They have outscored Utah, California and Colorado 115-41.  The Sun Devils will be the most complete team that the Ducks have seen so far this season both offensively and defensively.  They are currently on a three-game winning streak and have not lost at home yet this season.

Offensive Breakdown

  • Passing: 4th in conference, 26th nationally
  • Rushing: 4th in conference, 42nd nationally
  • Scoring: 2nd in conference, 17th nationally

What offensive formation does Arizona State run?

The Sun Devils run a two-wide receiver set with an H-Back.

Who are those playmakers on offense?

There are three major players to watch: quarterback Taylor Kelly, tight end Chris Coyle and running back Marion Grice.

  • Kelly: 1600 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, 210 rushing yards
  • Coyle: 28 receptions (leads team) for 286 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Grice: 37 carries for 206 yards, 5 touchdowns, 13 catches for 189 yards, 4 touchdowns, he leads the team in total touchdowns

Where does Oregon match up the best against this offense?

The Duck defense is ranked second in the Pac-12 in opponents’ third down efficiency.  The Ducks allow the opposition to convert 29.2% of these chances.  Arizona State converts 44.6% of their third downs so this matchup will be the key to the game.

A key stat will be to score first against the Sun Devils.  Arizona State has scored first in five games this season and has won all five games.  The only game they did not score first was the loss against Missouri on September 15th.

Also see Go Joe Bruin’s take on the Arizona State offense.

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