No. 23 Arizona State (2-0) at No. 5 Stanford (2-0), 7 p.m. (Fox)
Line: Stanford by 7 ½.
Series record: Arizona State leads 16-11.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Defending Pac-12 champion Stanford opens conference play with its first major test of the season. Arizona State is coming off a controversial 32-30 win over Wisconsin, which the Cardinal beat in the Rose Bowl, and is hoping to take another major step under second-year coach Todd Graham in its first road game this season.
Stanford's offensive line vs. Arizona State's defensive line. The Cardinal's massive O-line, which anchors a power running game that has averaged 200 yards, will face one of its biggest challenges of the season. Defensive tackle Will Sutton is a run-stuffer who clogs the middle for the Sun Devils. He had 23 ½ tackles for loss and 13 sacks last season but is off to a slow start this year, being held without a sack and to one-half tackle for loss through two games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: QB Taylor Kelly. The redshirt junior had career-highs in completions (29), attempts (51) and yards passing (352) against Wisconsin. He will be facing a Stanford team that ranks seventh nationally in passing defense (132.5 yards per game) and has forced a turnover in 26 straight games, the longest active streak in the country.
Stanford: RB Tyler Gaffney. Replacing school-rushing leader Stepfan Taylor has been no problem for Stanford so far. Gaffney, who returned for his senior season after playing baseball in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates last year, has been among Stanford's most impressive players with 236 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
FACTS & FIGURES
Stanford-Arizona State is the only matchup between ranked opponents this week. ... Stanford has won 10 straight games and 10 in a row at home. ... Arizona State has won five consecutive games. ... The Cardinal are 8-2 at home against ranked opponents since 2009. ... The Sun Devils have lost five of their last six at Stanford. ... The teams haven't played since 2010 because of the Pac-12's new scheduling format. The Cardinal won that contest 17-13 in Tempe. ... The schools have never played each other when each was ranked in the AP poll.