If you aren't familiar with Ted Miller's Best/Worst Case Scenario Posts, then you definitely need to check them out:
This is the second in a series looking at potential dream and nightmare scenarios for all Pac-10 teams, starting at the bottom and working up from my 2010 predictions.
Understand: These are NOT predictions. They are extreme scenarios and pieces of fiction.
The Sun Devils open up the season with easy wins over both Portland State and Northern Arizona before traveling to Madison to face the Badgers. But Wisconsin doesn't take the Sun Devils seriously, and ASU leads 17-10 at Half. Wisconsin gets a wake up call at half though, and after four quarters of play the game is tied at 24. After a UW Touchdown to open up Overtime, Arizona State is stopped on 4 consecutive plays to lose the game 31-24.
ASU then welcomes Oregon to Tempe for Family Weekend. The score is tied at 17 going into the 2nd Half, but Oregon then rolls of 17 straight points and end up winning the game 34-20.
After two consecutive second half collapses, the Sun Devils go up north to battle Oregon State. The Beavers are an angry team after a controversial loss to Boise State, and it shows. The Beavers lead 24-3 at Halftime, and end up winning 37-10. All while racking up over 100 Yards in Personal Foul Penalties. Dennis Erickson told reporters after the game, "This is a worse-behaved team then when I coached here."
At 2-3, the Sun Devils go into Seattle needing a win. And a win is what they would get. The Devils put together their best game of the season, beating the Huskies 34-10 at a rainy Husky Stadium.
ASU goes into Memorial Stadium on a high note, looking to upset another team on the road. A late Interception would prove costly for the Golden Bears, giving Arizona State great field position to tie the game at 27. The Sun Devils opened up Overtime with a 37 Yard Field Goal to take a 30-27 lead, and then recovered a Golden Bear Fumble to go back to Tempe with a 4-3 Record.
After demolishing Washington State, the Sun Devils went to LA Memorial to face the Trojans. ASU keeps it close for a quarter, but ends up losing 38-17. Next up are visits from Stanford and UCLA. The Devils get a close 23-17 win against Stanford to clinch bowl eligibility, then tear apart the Bruins the next week to go to 7-4.
The Devils end the Regular Season with a trip to Tucson against the Wildcats. But UA is looking to secure a Rose Bowl berth and end up winning 27-7.
ASU ends their season with a trip to San Francisco for the Kraft Firght Hunger Bowl, where they defeat Louisiana Tech 30-13.
Worst Case Scenario after the break
Even though it was just Portland State and Northern Arizona, Sun Devils fans are thinking that maybe this is the year they make a big time bowl game. They would find out they were wrong a week later. ASU gets hammered 37-3 in Madison, followed by four straight losses to Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and California.
Even Washington State isn't a sure thing, with the Cougars coming into town on a two game winning streak. ASU does pull out a 30-14 victory, but gets torn apart the next week at USC.
The Sun Devils do manage to squeak out a win against UCLA, but losses to Stanford and Arizona mean another losing season. 4-8 to be exact. Dennis Erickson is fired, and the Sun Devils begin the process of re-building the program.