The Quad looks at #16 Arizona State.
The first thing that jumps out at you is Dennis Erickson’s resume.
… A.S.U. marks Erickson’s third Pac-10 coaching stop, following two years at Washington State (1987-88 ) and four years at Oregon State (1999-2002). A coaching vagabond, Erickson has been a head coach for nine different teams, seven on the college level and two separate N.F.L. stops. In the college ranks, in addition to W.S.U. and Oregon State he has spent at least one year at Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Miami (1989-1994) and now A.S.U. (2007-present); as a pro head coach, Erickson spent four years with the Seattle Seahawks (1995-98 ) and two with the 49ers (2003-4).
Compared to that, Bobby Petrino’s career is but a pale imitation. Bouncing around or not, the thing we shouldn’t forget is that Erickson can coach on the college level. He’s got two national title rings and is the only coach who’s ever been named the Pac-10 coach of the year at three different schools.
As for his charges, that’s more of a mixed bag. There are certainly good to great skill position players on offense, some good defensive linemen and a couple of secondary players of note. But that offensive line, oh boy.
Even in a best case, The Quad doesn’t see the Sun Devils taking the Dawgs this year.