Two years after the Oregon Ducks played in the National Championship game and the Arizona State Sun Devils won 10 games, the teams are squaring off against one another in the Pac-12 Network's matinee time slot.
Times have changed for both Oregon and ASU, and this week's edition of the 'Sun Devil Source Premium Report' details what's gone wrong for both programs this season.
At 2-5, Oregon has lost five straight games for the first time in 20 years, while ASU is dealing with its worst injury situation in recent memory and could have as many as six or seven starters sidelined or limited with various ailments this week.
Both teams feature much-maligned defenses that have struggled to stop anyone this season, let alone Pac-12 opponents. In this podcast, hosts Kerry Crowley and Chris Karpman detail Oregon's fall from grace on the defensive side of the football, tracing the root of the Ducks' struggles and examining what type of identity, if any, first-year defensive coordinator Brady Hoke has instilled in the Ducks.
After reviewing why Oregon has struggled defensively, Kerry and Chris examine the Ducks' quarterback situation and talk about head coach Mark Helfrich's struggles to develop a quarterback since the departure of Heisman trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
Despite uncertainty at the quarterback position, Oregon has plenty of offensive firepower, and Kerry and Chris talk about explosive playmakers like Royce Freeman and Darren Carrington and break down exactly how the Ducks will try to attack ASU's defense.
Kerry and Chris also review all of the key injuries currently plaguing the Sun Devils, and discuss the different ways ASU will attack Oregon if sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins is able to play on Saturday.
After offering their predictions for Saturday's game, Kerry and Chris answer questions posed in the Devils' Sanctuary and talk about what they would perceive as a positive finish to an ASU season already defined by injuries.
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