#3 Hot Seat CFB Head Coach: Todd Graham, Arizona State – 2017 Coach and Season Preview for Arizona State Sun Devils

 

Let’s take a look at Todd Graham’s season and overall records in five years at Arizona State to try and figure out just what the Hell is going on in Tempe:

2012:  8 – 5
2013:  10 – 4
2014:  10 – 3
2015:  6 – 7
2016:  5 – 7

Overall:  39 – 26

Pac-12:  25 – 20

Hmmmm….something happened after the 2014 season to Todd Graham’s teams at Arizona State but what was it exactly?

Let’s now take a look at Arizona State’s Scoring Defense stats under Todd Graham (points per game given up on defense):

2012:  24.3
2013:  26.6
2014:  27.9
2015:  33.5
2016:  39.8

No…you are not going to win a Helluva lot of games giving up over 30 points a game and in the last two seasons Todd Graham has posted a record at Arizona State against Power Five Conference Schools of….

7 – 14

Why you must be asking yourself by now has the Arizona State defense collapsed so the last two seasons which had landed head coach Todd Graham squarely on the Hot Seat? Well, we went back and looked at the Sun Devils defense the last two seasons such as the below 61 – 55 loss in three overtimes to Oregon in 2015…

…and came to the very simple conclusion that the Arizona State defense is…

The Second Most Fundamentally Unsound Defense in FBS Football Behind Texas Tech

That’s not good when one considers that any sorority powder-puff football team’s offense in America could easily hang 50+ points on the Red Raiders defense which means that any sorority powder-puff football team’s offense could easily hang 48+ points on the Sun Devils!

There’s this odd thing about winning football games that Todd Graham doesn’t seem to understand:

If your team isn’t going to bother to tackle anyone on the other team your team is not going to win many games against legitimate football teams Son!

With the above in mind and looking at Arizona State’s 2017 schedule below how many games will the team with…

The Second Most Fundamentally Unsound Defense in FBS Football Behind Texas Tech

….win in the upcoming season?:

New Mexico State
San Diego State
At Texas Tech aka the No Damn Tackling Game of the Century
Oregon
At Stanford
Bye Week
Washington
At Utah
USC
Colorado
At UCLA
At Oregon State
Arizona

Our guess for Arizona State’s records in 2017….

Overall:  5 – 7

Pac-12:  3 – 6

Sorry…there’s not a chance in Hell that Todd Graham will be the head coach at Arizona State by December 15 if the Sun Devils finish 5 – 7 in 2017, which probably means that Graham better Damn find a way to have 6 wins on the board when Arizona comes to Tempe on November 25 which might just be a game where…

Both Head Coaches Are Fired Shortly After the Territorial Cup!