Orton should finish strong

Kyle Orton has regained his confidence and is poised to pick apart the Sun Devils' secondary.

Originally Published: December 15, 2004
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The Sun Bowl promises to provide some offensive fireworks. In the first meeting on the gridiron between these two schools, Arizona State and Purdue will both be looking to finish on a high note following rollercoaster seasons.

Who: Purdue vs. Arizona State
When: Dec. 31, Fri., 2 ET (CBS)
Where: El Paso, Texas
After an impressive 5-0 start, the Boilermakers lost four games by a total of 10 points. Purdue finished the season winning its final two games. The big key to the late-season turnaround was QB Kyle Orton's resiliency. The Sun Devils will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat to rival Arizona in their season finale.

This game could have featured one of the best quarterback duels of the year, were it not for the injury suffered by Sun Devils' star QB Andrew Walter. Sophomore Sam Keller, who played well in relief against Arizona, will have to find WR Derek Hagan and TE Zach Miller frequently to give his team a chance to keep up.

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer