Can ASU’s impressive run defense stop Utah’s potent rushing attack?

Does ASU's defense have what it takes to shut down Utah's Devontae Booker?
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Arizona State has allowed just 3.32 yards per opposing rush attempt, good for the second-best mark in the conference.

This weekend, however, ASU plays Utah. The Utes boast the third-best rush attack in the conference, led by Pac-12 Player of the Week Devontae Booker. Through five games, Booker averages 4.8 yards per attempt and has 6 TD's. 

“He makes a lot of his yards straight ahead and cutting it back,” head coach Todd Graham told AZ Central. “The challenge is like it is every week, but more so this week because I think their offensive line is really good.”

According to the AZ Central report, ASU coaches believe the Sun Devils have controlled the line of scrimmage vs. Texas A&M and USC. But can ASU hold up vs. undefeated Utah?

“Obviously, it's a very difficult place to play,” said Graham, in the report. “They're very deserving of their fourth ranking in the country. You can tell they really care about each other. They're a close-knit team, and, man, they play with a lot of physicality.”

(h/t AZ Central)

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