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Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2009 1:11 am | Updated: 1:54 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

After two workmanlike victories, the schedule ramps up considerably for the Sun Devils on Saturday at Georgia. Most prognosticators have pegged Arizona State near the middle of the Pac-10, and while this isn’t a conference game, it will be an indication of where ASU stands.

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Arizona State at No. 21 Georgia

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

TV: ESPNU

Radio: KTAR (92.3 FM)

Records: Arizona State 2-0, Georgia 1-1

The skinny

After two workmanlike victories, the schedule ramps up considerably for the Sun Devils on Saturday at Georgia. Most prognosticators have pegged Arizona State near the middle of the Pac-10, and while this isn’t a conference game, it will be an indication of where ASU stands. The offense is the biggest concern, with an unsettled situation on the offensive line and no clear-cut starting-caliber running back. Additionally, quarterback Danny Sullivan will be starting his first career road game in a stadium that packs in more than 90,000 fans. Don’t expect anything too crazy on that side of the ball, where Arizona State will be content with clock management and sustained drives. Georgia had to replace first-round picks Knowshon Moreno and Matthew Stafford from last season, but the Bulldogs’ offense has looked good the last two weeks. The Sun Devils, who will enter the game as double-digit underdogs, will need big plays from their defense if they have visions of an upset.

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Three things to watch

The kicking game: In all his years as a coach, Dennis Erickson has never had to replace a kicker midway through the season, until now. Thomas Weber could be out until November with a groin injury, and either backup Bobby Wenzig or linebacker Mike Nixon — who kicked in high school — will take over kickoff and field goal duties. It will be interesting to see how much it changes Erickson’s thinking when he is in Georgia territory.

The defense: The Sun Devils have given up the fewest total yards per game of any team nationally, but that was against Idaho State and Louisiana-Monroe. Georgia is an explosive offensive team and can hurt you through the air. Arizona State’s biggest question mark on defense is its secondary, so this matchup will be tough. The defensive line must get pressure on Bulldogs quarterback Joe Cox to give the defensive backs some relief.

A.J. Green: The Georgia wide receiver burst onto the scene last season with eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State as a freshman. He has loads of talent and every measurable that should one day lead him to the NFL. The Sun Devils will likely use some zone packages to bottle him up, but expect Green to have a big day.

Starting lineups

Arizona State offense

WR — Kerry Taylor

LT  — Shawn Lauvao

LG — Jon Hargis

C — Thomas Altieri

RG — Matt Hustad

RT  —  Tom Njunge

TE  —  Dan Knapp

WR — Kyle Williams

QB — Danny Sullivan

RB — Dimitri Nance

WR — Chris McGaha

Arizona State defense

DE — Dean DeLeone

DT — Lawrence Guy

DT — Saia Falahola

DE — Dexter Davis

OLB — Travis Goethel

MLB — Gerald Munns

OLB — Mike Nixon

CB — Omar Bolden

FS — Jarrell Holman

SS — Ryan McFoy

CB — Pierre Singfield

Georgia offense

WR — Tavarres King

LT — Vincent Vance

LG — Cordy Glenn

C — Ben Jones

RG — Justin Anderson

RT — Clint Boling

TE — Aron White

QB — Joe Cox

FB — Shaun Chapas

RB — Richard Samuel

WR — A.J. Green

Georgia defense

DE — Justin Houston

DT — Jeff Owens

DT — Geno Atkins

DE — Demarcus Dobbs

OLB — Darryl Gamble

MLB — Marcus Dowtin

OLB — Rennie Curran

CB — Prince Miller

SS — Reshad Jones

FS — Bryan Evans

CB — Brandon Boykin

ASU schedule

Date    Opponent    Location    Time

9/5    Arizona State 50, Idaho State 3

9/19    Arizona State 38, Louisiana-Monroe 14

9/26    Georgia    Sanford Stadium (Athens, Ga.)    4 p.m.

10/3    Oregon State    Sun Devil Stadium    TBA

10/10    Washington State    Martin Stadium (Pullman, Wash.)    TBA

10/17    Washington    Sun Devil Stadium    7:15 p.m.

10/24    Stanford    Stanford Stadium (Palo Alto, Calif.)    7:15 p.m.

10/31    California    Sun Devil Stadium    TBA

11/07    USC    Sun Devil Stadium    6 p.m.

11/14    Oregon    Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.)    TBA

11/21    UCLA    Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)    TBA

11/28    Arizona    Sun Devil Stadium    TBA

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