"To compete in our league you will have to beat teams that are in front of you, and they are probably a top 25 team. But to go on the road to the Southeast conference and play a top 25 team I don't know if that is a measuring stick."
Sanford Surround Sound
Erickson calls playing in an atmosphere such as Sanford stadium "a happening." He doesn't believe that it will affect the Sun Devils defensively and with a silent snap count on offense ASU seems to have to an effective weapon to negate the crowd noise.
"That's what's you worry about the most," Erickson explained, "It's the noise not being able to hear things and execute your assignments. Calling you names goes through one ear and out the other."
Stats can be deceiving
When discussing the Bulldog defense Erickson doesn't see a seemingly weak unit, despite the fact that Georgia surrendered 78 points in the last two games. He noted that many of those points scored were as a result of big plays and not necessarily long methodical drives.
"(Joe) Cox – will he be a no. 1 pick like Stafford? Probably not. But you just look at his stats. They have two, three running backs there…the key to their offense is that they are better on the offensive front than they have been. They're able to run the football with great success, whoever is back there.
"They have some skill guys outside that can get open and we saw that last year. So we have our work cut for us."
"It doesn't matter who we play," Erickson said. "Last week (versus Louisiana-Monroe) it was an option (quarterback). Cox is more of a thrower and he can give you that. We're fortunate to have him and we have pretty good scout team receivers."
The kick(ing) is up in the air
With the injury to Thomas Weber, ASU's kicking situation is still uncertain. Erickson stated that kicker Bobby Wenzig and linebacker Mike Nixon have been doing well in practice, but knows that in live reps on Saturday it may be a whole different story.
"Bobby is a very consistent kicker," Erickson commented. "He's knocking them down there pretty good. Nixon has a huge leg. I haven't decided yet what we'll do on Saturday."