“It was good to bounce back after a disappointing outing against Cal but that started on Tuesday at practice,” Threet said, “and we prepared well so it’s helpful but at the same time, just like we had to move on from the Cal game, we have to move on from this one and focus on next Saturday.
“It feels good to have a good week of preparation turn into a good week of execution on Saturday and to have everything kind of come full circle.”
The maroon and gold adjusted their practice methods while preparing for the Cougars spending more time competing against themselves, opposed to the scout team. The adjustment seems to have paid off as the Sun Devils found the success they’ve been searching for.
“I think it was good the way we did it last week,” Threet commented. “We were able to get a little bit of both. Because, obviously going against the 1’s is good but at the same time its good to get a look against what you’re going to see on Saturday also.
“I think it also kind of helped the practice tempo out,” Threet confessed. “It really set the tempo for the rest of practice, guys were really flying around and focused and ready to go.”
Threet and the rest of the Sun Devils will need to win three out of their four remaining contests in order to become bowl eligible. Although that is ultimately the goal of the entire unit, the maroon and gold are aware they need to focus on one game at a time, as their margin of error is minimal.
“We know what we have to get done to get to a bowl game,” Threet stated. “That’s a goal of ours but when it comes down to it, we’re just trying to prepare and get ready for the game this weekend.”
Early in the season the offensive unit struggled immensely in the red zone, which caused it to become a central focus in practice. As the season has progressed, the Threet and the offense have improved on executing when they find themselves within the opponent’s 20-yard line.
“I think it can continue to improve,” Threet commented on the team’s red zone performance. “It will always have to be something of focus, it’s a very important aspect of the game. We’re always looking to improve on it but I think we’ve kind of gotten better on punching the ball in when we get it down there and a good job of taking care of the ball when we’re in scoring opportunities.”
As Threet and the Sun Devils being their week of preparation for the Trojans, they are fully aware that their matchup will be much more challenging than the Cougars. In particular, the USC defense allowed no.1 Oregon to score 53 points in their loss the week before, but should not be taken lightly.
“Fast and athletic,” Threet said of the USC defense. “I’m starting to watch them right now and trying to get a good feel for what they like to do. They’re very talented but it’s going to come down to us and the way we play.”
Arizona State has not prevailed over the Trojans for ten consecutive years and will naturally look to break that streak on Saturday in Los Angeles.
“It hasn’t been brought up but I’m sure it will tomorrow in the team meeting,” Threet noted. “We have a lot of guys from southern California and it’s an important game. We’re 4-4 and it gives us a great opportunity to continue to improve and keep moving forward with the season.”