Monday, October 16, 2017

Arizona State at Oregon

Oregon's explosive offense faces off against a talented Arizona State defense in Week 7.

Arizona State offense vs. Oregon defense
• Sun Devils offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone will attempt to keep Oregon honest by mixing in the run, and junior RB Cameron Marshall will get the majority of the carries. Marshall is a no-nonsense type runner with solid power, but he lacks the wiggle and burst to generate many yards on his own. The reality, though, is that Arizona State's offense is built around QB Brock Osweiler and his ability to distribute the ball through the air. Osweiler shows above average accuracy and arm strength as a passer. At 6-foot-8, he has no trouble seeing the entire field and he shows the ability to work through his progressions, although he occasionally will fail to find the open receiver. The Sun Devils will mix up formations, but for the most part Osweiler works out of the shotgun in three- or four-receiver sets. The Sun Devils do a good job spreading defenses out both vertically and horizontally, and they can be difficult to stop when Osweiler get into a rhythm. They also mix in a multitude of screen passes and use the screen game as a form of play-action (sells the screen before pulling back and looking downfield), which can create confusion for the defensive back seven. Oregon needs to be assignment sound and do a great job communicating in order to avoid gift-wrapping some big plays.