Herm Edwards
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Utah Utes have a veteran coach nearing two decades in charge of the program, a seasoned quarterback with a few years in the team’s system, multiple offensive playmakers and a stout defense that doesn’t give up many big plays.
No. 13 Utah (2-1) at Arizona State (1-2), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Series record: Arizona State leads 22-10.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State would have a tough task beating No. 13 Utah this weekend even in ideal circumstances. Nothing about the past week has been ideal.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State ended the Herm Edwards experiment a day after an ugly home loss.

The Sun Devils are hoping the change will help them straighten out a season that still has nine games left.
Arizona State fired football coach Herm Edwards in his fifth season following an ugly home loss to Eastern Michigan and a lingering NCAA investigation into illegal recruiting practices.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he saw some of the improvement he was looking for after what he considered a shaky opener.
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No. 10 Southern California at Stanford, Saturday.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Emory Jones adeptly orchestrated the offense, showed off his elusiveness on a touchdown run.
Northern Arizona (0-0) at Arizona State (0-0), 10 p.m. EDT (Pac-12 Network)

Line: Arizona State by 25 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The curtain closed around Herm Edwards’ hot seat in the minutes after Arizona State’s win over rival Arizona last November, when athletic director Ray Anderson said the charismatic coach would return in 2022.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has promoted defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson to defensive coordinator.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State associate head coach and defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce has resigned to pursue NFL opportunities, becoming the fifth assistant to depart the program in the wake of an NCAA investigation into possible recruiting violations.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State has hired former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick as an offensive analyst and adviser to coach Herm Edwards.
Running the ball against the vaunted Wisconsin defense has been nearly impossible all season — even for opponents who weren’t missing their top two tailbacks, like Arizona State is in the Las Vegas Bowl.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The billboard serves as a reminder of last year’s Territorial Cup to anyone who drives Interstate-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Southern California lost its coach after two games, dropped three games in the past five.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A barefoot Jake Plummer took off from the group photo and did a partial lap around his former teammates, laughing the entire way.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State had a week off to rest, recover and shake off a second-half meltdown in a loss to Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Arizona State has quietly emerged as the top defensive team in the Pac-12.

The 18th-ranked Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) head into Saturday’s game at Utah leading the league in several key defensive categories.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jack Jones stepped in front of the receiver, caught the ball and held it out with one hand.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State picked up one of its biggest wins under coach Herm Edwards last weekend, knocking off then-No. 20 UCLA on the road.
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GAME OF THE WEEK: Stanford (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 22 Arizona State (4-1, 2-0).
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Arizona State relied on its rushing attack in its first four games. Jayden Daniels and the passing game propelled the Sun Devils to an upset win over No. 20 UCLA on Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels are the top two dual-threat quarterbacks in the Pac-12.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State’s offense has had a problem with moving backward. The issue for Colorado is its offense isn’t moving much at all.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State’s first half was a stinker and the second half was stellar.

In the aftermath of a surprisingly competitive 37-10 victory over UNLV on Saturday night, the 23rd-ranked Sun Devils chose to focus on the latter.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Coach Herm Edwards wants a better performance this Saturday from No. 23 Arizona State after last weekend’s penalty-filled, mistake-riddled outing, even if it still resulted in a lopsided season-opening win.
The Pac-12 opened the season with five ranked teams and was expected to have a competitive race to the conference championship, maybe even get a team into the College Football Playoff for the first time in five years.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State forced a turnover on its opening defensive series and scored a touchdown on the next play.