STANFORD AT NO. 22 ARIZONA STATE
Records: Stanford 3-2, 2-1 Pac-12; Arizona State 4-1, 2-0
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM
Series history: Stanford has won the last two meetings and six of the last seven, though the teams haven’t met since 2018.
Storylines: Arizona State has four wins by at least 19 points, including last week’s 42-23 win over UCLA. Its lone blemish was a 27-17 loss at 10th-ranked BYU. … Having already defeated then-No. 14 USC, Stanford is looking to beat multiple ranked opponents on the road for the first time since 2012. … David Shaw will be making his first appearance in Tempe since he called Arizona State’s alleged recruiting violations “disrespectful” over the summer.
Matchup to watch: ASU receivers vs. Stanford secondary. Arizona State leads the conference at 7.23 yards per play thanks to its big-play ability, with a Pac-12-best 29 plays of 20+ yards. The injury-riddled Cardinal back four has been burned by big passes recently, including a 66-yarder against Oregon and a 75-yarder versus UCLA.
Injuries/Absences: Stanford RG Branson Bragg will return after missing last week’s game, but starting WR Brycen Tremayne and backup RB E.J. Smith are both out with injuries and K Joshua Karty will miss Friday night’s game for undisclosed reasons.
Stats that matter: Stanford’s two turnovers are tied for the second-fewest in the FBS. … Cardinal QB Tanner McKee is one of three FBS QBs who has thrown 10 TDs without an interception. … Stanford CB Kyu Blu Kelly leads the Pac-12 in passes defended with 12. … ASU is one of three FBS defenses that has not allowed a play over 40 yards this year. … The Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 with 16 sacks and have multiple sacks in all 5 games. … ASU RB Rachaad White is 1 of 4 players in the FBS that is leading his team in both rush attempts and receptions.