But Sun Devils coach says there's plenty to correct in Week 2.
TEMPE — On Arizona State coach Todd Graham’s wish list for Thursday’s opener against lower-division Weber State: He wants to see the Sun Devils run the football.
MILWAUKEE — Arizona State has a lot of issues to address before opening the NCAA tournament against Texas on Thursday, but perhaps the biggest involves what happens after the opening tip.
Arizona State is back in the NCAA tournament, just the second time in eight seasons under coach Herb Sendek. Now the Sun Devils have to rediscover their winning ways.
LAS VEGAS — Luck? Perhaps not in this case.
The Pac-12 Tournament tips off today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Before the first game tips off at noon, here’s everything you need to know:
TEMPE — Arizona State entered this recruiting cycle with significant needs on defense, but the Sun Devils also needed a quarterback, something coach Todd Graham had not signed during his first two years on campus.
TEMPE — Making a lineup change is a delicate decision for coaches. There are matchups to consider, as well as psychological factors to weigh. Some players respond to getting benched, others pout.
TEMPE — Coach Herb Sendek walked out of an ASU practice this week, leaving his assistants to direct the Sun Devils. He eventually returned and sat in the balcony of the team’s practice facility, shouting instructions down below.
TEMPE — Over five years, there’s not much Jermaine Marshall hasn’t experienced in college basketball.
SAN DIEGO — On the last day of 2013, Arizona State returned home, a successful season soured by Monday night’s 37-23 Holiday Bowl loss to Texas Tech.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan, diving for a first down in the first half, kept the Sun Devils guessing and threw for 277 yards and a touchdown.
ASU running back Marion Grice is surrounded by Stanford defenders during their game Sept. 21. Stanford won 42-28, and it wasn’t that close.
TEMPE — “Did you see him at UCLA?”
Jake Plummer, Glenn Parker and Rick Neuheisel know the Arizona State-Arizona rivalry as well anyone. Once upon a time, Plummer and Parker lived it. Plummer, a quarterback, was at ASU from 1993 to 1996. Parker, an offensive lineman, played for UA in 1988 and 1989.
PASADENA, Calif. — Since August, when Arizona State opened practice in Tempe, coach Todd Graham has not failed to let a day pass without talking about a championship. He never has shied away from his goals, not after getting blown out in the first half at Stanford, not after losing a winnabl…
The most encouraging sign for Arizona State entering Saturday’s showdown at UCLA: The Sun Devils’ recent defensive performance.
On the plane ride back from Salt Lake City last week, coach Todd Graham watched the game film of Arizona State’s narrow victory over Utah. He saw senior defensive end Gannon Conway make plays on first and second down, then trot to the sideline on third when ASU switched to its nickel package.
ASU junior left guard Jamil Douglas is ready to protect quarterback Taylor Kelly after the snap. Douglas and the rest of the starting offensive line have been healthy all season.
ASU wide receiver Jaelen Strong runs between WSU safety Deone Bucannon and linebacker Cyrus Coen, right, during the first half.
PULLMAN, Wash. — Does Arizona State struggle away from Sun Devil Stadium?
TEMPE — After the first few weeks of Arizona State basketball practice, coach Herb Sendek noticed something. Whenever the Sun Devils split into groups, the side with forward Jonathan Gilling played better offensively.
At times last year, Todd Graham wondered about Davon Coleman’s future at Arizona State.
TEMPE — Todd Graham would love to say he expected Damarious Randall to shine in his first start, as the junior safety did Saturday against Notre Dame.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Coach Todd Graham always has been clear: Arizona State’s priority is to win the Pac-12 South. Saturday’s non-conference effort didn’t jeopardize that goal, but it was another example that the Sun Devils have a long way to go to reach Rose Bowl level.
MESQUITE, Texas — Carol Graham doesn’t know how her son does it. He never slows. When he comes home and takes her out to dinner, she tells herself not to talk too much because she knows he will finish quickly and want to get moving.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Todd Graham is up front. Winning the Pac-12 is the Sun Devils’ top priority. On this topic, the second-year Arizona State coach never has wavered.
ASU back Marion Grice scored against Stanford last week but faces one of the top defenses against the run tonight.
STANFORD, Calif. — In Todd Graham’s mind, it’s simple.
All-America defensive tackle Will Sutton (90) led the Sun Devils to a 55-0 win over Sacrmento State on Sept. 5. They’ll need to step up their game against No. 20 Wisconsin today.
TEMPE — Todd Graham didn’t come out and say it, but if you listened to the coach long enough this week you got a feel for his expectations of Thursday night’s opener against lower-division Sacramento State. He expected the Sun Devils to dominate.
Last year, in coach Todd Graham’s first season, Arizona State showed off an attacking, hybrid defense that harassed the quarterback on nearly every snap. The Sun Devils led the nation in tackles-for-loss per game and ranked second in sacks.
Hours before the National Invitation Tournament announced its 32-team field Sunday, the Arizona State men's basketball team huddled at practice.
LOS ANGELES - With the game on the line, Jahii Carson flashed down the court, the final seconds ticking, and pulled up from about 25 feet. The shot felt good.
TEMPE - Herb Sendek insists he does not pay attention to bracketologists or mock NCAA Tournament fields. The Arizona State coach simply focuses on the next game.
TEMPE - Gritty Arizona State won't go away. And as a result, perhaps it's time to view these Sun Devils as Pac-12 contenders.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - When it was over, Arizona State let loose a little. The Sun Devils teased Carrick Felix about getting dunked on. They laughed at Chris Colvin, who tried to bank a short jumper off the glass only to miss the backboard.
SAN FRANCISCO - There are more-prestigious bowls, better matchups with better payouts. But Arizona State has a rare opportunity against Navy in today's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
SAN FRANCISCO — There are more-prestigious bowls, better matchups with better payouts. But Arizona State has a rare opportunity against Navy in today’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park.
SAN FRANCISCO - Taylor Kelly knows he can't relax. Not with Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici still wanting his job as Arizona State's starting quarterback. Not with a talented quarterback from Alpharetta, Ga., committed to the Sun Devils' 2013 recruiting class.
SAN FRANCISCO — Taylor Kelly knows he can’t relax. Not with Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici still wanting his job as Arizona State’s starting quarterback. Not with a talented quarterback from Alpharetta, Ga., committed to the Sun Devils’ 2013 recruiting class.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham said Sunday the Sun Devils will dedicate Saturday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to the memory of Marion Grice's brother.
TEMPE - Through the first 11 games of his college career, Jahii Carson has met the lofty expectations heaped upon him coming out of Mesa High School.
TEMPE - Not long after he arrived as Arizona State's co-defensive coordinator, Paul Randolph watched every game from the previous season, paying particular attention to a passionate defensive tackle wearing No. 90.
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The frustration caught up with Brandon Magee this week, and the Arizona State senior linebacker got it off his chest.
TEMPE - Entering tonight's showdown against Oregon, Todd Graham issued a challenge:
We've heard from manager Kirk Gibson. For almost every day since the season began. He says the Diamondbacks need to keep grinding. He's confident they can reverse course and contend in the National League West.
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks' recent struggles may not have gotten your attention, but perhaps this will: The home team hasn't won a home series in more than a month. In fact, their last series win at home came the first week of the season.
LAS VEGAS - No one called a team meeting. No one went from
player to player to try to build support.
TEMPE - Arizona State's coaching search, which officially lasted
17 days, produced an unexpected result when Pittsburgh's Todd
Graham was hired Wednesday as the Sun Devils' third football coach
in five years.