Inside the Pac-12

July 13, 2010 4:58 PM

The Pac Ten's Best Defense Resides In The Desert

The Arizona State Sun Devils had the best defense in the Pac 10 in 2009 and they have enough talent returning on the defensive side of the ball to be the #1 defense in the conference again in 2010. Last season ASU was #1 against the run giving up 108.6 yards per game on the ground. The Sun Devils were #1 against the pass allowing 189 yards per game in the air. ASU finished 2nd in the Pac Ten in scoring defense, only surrendering 21.1 points per game. In 2009 ASU held the Georgia Bulldogs to 20 points in Sanford Stadium and only gave up 2 TD's to the USC Trojans. This season the Sun Devils defense will be the unit that leads this team to a lot of victories until one of the QB's Threet or Osweiler prove they can consistently lead the offense down the field and score points.

ASU's defense will be lead by 2nd year LB Vontaze Burfict, DL Lawrence Guy and CB Omar Bolden. Burfict was 2nd on the team with 69 tackles as a freshmen in 2009. Lawerence Guy is the team's leading sack artist with 4.5 in 2009. This defense will steam roll Portland State and Northern Arizona in the first two games of the 2010 season. In their 3rd game the Sun Devils travel to Wisconsin and have to deal with RB John Clay. After the Wisconsin game, ASU will get Oregon at home. In the AP Pre-Season Poll, Oregon is ranked #11 and Wisconsin is # 16. If the Sun Devils can split those two games they should remain in contention for the Pac 10 Championship for the remainder of the 2010 season.

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