Is there a weakness?

Tempe, Ariz. -- The Arizona State Sun Devils have an obvious weakness, but is it something the Oregon Ducks can take advantage of? On Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium, the Ducks and the Sun Devils are set to face each other in a game that will be carried live on Fox Sports Net, with kickoff scheduled at 7:15 p.m.

ASU (3-2) is ranked 17th in the AP Poll and the Ducks (4-1) are ranked 25th, will enter into what could be a make or break game that will keep the winner's hopes of a possible BCS birth alive. The Sun Devils hold a three game winning streak on the Ducks, winning last year's contest 28-13 at Autzen Stadium. Last week Oregon defeated Stanford 44-20, while ASU lost to USC, 38-28. In the loss to USC, the Sun Devils had built a 21-0 halftime lead over the defending national champions, but in the second half, USC mounted a furious come back led by running back LenDale White's 197 yards rushing on 19 carries and two touchdowns. White's teammate Reggie Bush also rushed for 158 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Overall this season ASU has allowed 189.8 yards per game rushing, creating a question about the Sun Devils' ability to stop the run.

Oregon meanwhile, has not yet established a consistent running game. A pulled groin has bothered senior tailback Terrence Whitehead, a 1,000-yard ground gainer last year, but this season he only 177 yards net of rushing on 53 carries and a 44.2-yard per game average. Highly touted freshman running back Jonathan Stewart has also been hit with the injury bug, but last game was highly productive scoring two rushing touchdowns. Stewart was used primarily in short yardage situations and ended the contest with five carries for nine yards. He also caught a pass for a touchdown. Red shirt freshman Terrell Jackson was the starting running back last week and finished the game with 11 carries for 29 yards and for the season he has 23 carries for 92 yards net. True freshman Jeremiah Johnson was activated from the scout team last week and he responded with 11 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kellen Clemens is actually the team's second leading rusher with 139 yards net on 42 carries. Oregon's head coach Mike Bellotti indicated earlier this week that all four of the running backs would be available for the ASU game and the Ducks' coaching staff intended to find ways for all to make contributions.

Offensively, ASU has a devastating passing game led by quarterback Sam Keller. Keller is 114-for-192 passing, 1,790 yards, 18 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 358.0-yard per game passing average. Derek Hagen is the leading pass receiver with a 118.6-yard average per game. Clemens is the leading passer for the Ducks with 303.2 yards of passing per game on 119-of-184, 1,516 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception. Demetrius Williams is the Ducks leading receiver averaging 114.4 yards per game.

Defensively, the Ducks have allowed 379.8 yards per game of total offense, but have only allowed 117.7 yards of rushing. Opponents have found ways to score on the Ducks through the air as Oregon has given up 262.8 yards and 11 touchdowns passing. ASU's head coach Dirk Koetter, a former Oregon offensive coordinator, said earlier this week that Oregon attempts to make teams one dimensional offensively and if that happens in the upcoming game, that will play into ASU's hands. Koetter obviously is looking forward to throwing the ball against his former team.

"By Oregon's choice, they try to make you one dimensional that you have to throw the ball," said Koetter. "And that plays to our strength. If they do this against us, it's not a big secret of what we are going to do."

For Bellotti, the game is a matter of a combination of offense, defense, special teams and the pride of his players. He has challenged defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, 6-5, 340, to make plays every time the huge defender is in a one on one situation. Bellotti said Ngata is held to a higher standard, and that the junior from Salt Lake City, Utah wants the challenge.

"It maybe unfair of what we ask him to do, but I hold him to a higher standard," Bellotti revealed of his expectations of Ngata. "He's comfortable, he's OK with that, he wants to reach that higher level."

There is a slight chance of rain in the Phoenix area tonight and temperatures in the mid-80s at kickoff.

Tonight's game will be carried on Fox Sports Net with Bill Macdonald and John Jackson. The game will also be carried on the radio by OSN with Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Bobby DeBisschop. OSN will also carry a delayed television broadcast with Joe Giansante and Anthony Newman, shown at 11:30 p.m. on (KEZI (Eugene), KDRV (Medford), KDKF (Klamath Falls), and at 11 p.m. on Comcast 14 in Portland.

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