NO. 5 STANFORD VS. NO. 23 ARIZONA STATE
RECORDS: Stanford 2-0, Arizona State 2-0
KICKOFF: 4 p.m. at Stanford Stadium. Stanford has announced the game is a sellout.
SERIES HISTORY: Arizona State leads 16-11, but Stanford has won five of the past six at Stanford Stadium.
STORYLINE: Fifth-ranked Stanford begins the defense of its Pac-12 title against an ascending program seeking a signature win for second-year coach Todd Graham. ... The Sun Devils represent a significant step up in competition for Stanford after its season-opening wins over San Jose State and Army. ... Look for the Cardinal to use formations that it kept under wraps in the first two games. Arizona State must adjust quickly to avoid getting burned for big plays. ... The Sun Devils have struggled on special teams, including a botched punt that was recovered by Wisconsin in the end zone. ... Stanford's passing game carved up Army's second-rate secondary. How will the Cardinal fare against the athletic Arizona State defense? ... The game is sold out.
INJURY UPDATE: Stanford -- DE Henry Anderson (knee) and CB Barry Browning (undisclosed) are out. FB Ryan Hewitt (knee) is questionable. Arizona State -- S Marcus Ball (shoulder) is out.
MATCHUP TO WATCH: Stanford left guard David Yankey and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton won't go head-to-head on every down, but the occasions they do will be worth watching: Both players are All-Americans and potential first-round picks in the NFL draft. ... Sutton has a bruised thigh but is expected to play ... If Yankey and right guard Kevin Danser cannot handle Sutton one-on-one and Stanford is forced to use double teams, it could open lanes for other members of Arizona State's front seven.
STATS THAT MATTER: Stanford ranks seventh in the nation in passing defense, allowing 132.5 yards per game. Arizona State ranks eighth in the nation in passing offense, averaging 358.5 ypg. ... Arizona State's turnover margin is plus-1.5. Stanford's is minus-0.5. ... Over the past five games, Arizona State tailback Marion Grice has scored a touchdown every 7.5 touches. ... Stanford is 8-2 at home against ranked teams since 2009.
-- JON WILNER