College football pundits rave about Herm Edwards, ASU football after Michigan State win

Herm Edwards and ASU football are not just a good story two weeks into the college football season.

One college football writer says they are “the best story.”

After a 2-0 start to the season and a 16-13 upset victory over Michigan State, college football pundits are raving about Herm Edwards and the ASU football team, which now finds itself in the Top 25 rankings.

Takeaways from Arizona State’s victory over Michigan State

Check out what they are saying about the Sun Devils now:

CBS Sports: The Monday After: Arizona State coach Herm Edwards is making us all look like idiots

Tom Fornelli writes: “There was the one hire that was almost universally panned by the media, fans and sports universe in general. Arizona State hired Herm Edwards, a man who hadn’t been on a sideline coaching a real game in a decade and hadn’t been on the college level in nearly 30 years … It was a ridiculous plan and one destined to blow up in Arizona State’s face. Or ours. … Edwards may not prove to be the best coaching hire of the 2018 season, but his hire has proven to be the best story of it to this point. In fact, I’d give him an “A” so far.”

For the Win: Wait, maybe Herm Edwards isn’t going to be a terrible college coach

Chris Korman writes: “Count me among the many who didn’t think hiring Edwards made any sense at all. He’s 64 and hadn’t coached any football since 2009. His last college gig ended in 1989. Also, I’ve heard him speak. He’s goofy. This all seemed doomed. Maybe it still is. Who knows. It’s sports. For now, though, this is a wonderful tiny example of nothing going the way we’re convinced it will, despite the fact that we can analyze things at a much deeper level with far more expertise than ever before.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Herm Edwards proving skeptics wrong at Arizona State

Stu Durando writes: “Only two games into his college career, Edwards is starting to win converts as the Sun Devils pulled off a minor upset of previously 15th-ranked Michigan State 16-13 on Saturday night. Some perfectly executed clock management in the final five minutes led to a game-winning field goal in the type of game Edwards enjoys coaching.”

Yahoo Sports: Edwards had perhaps the sweetest victory for any coach thus far in the 2018 season.

Pat Forde writes: “His hiring last winter was ridiculed nationwide — truth be told, The Dash was not a fan, either. Edwards is 64, hadn’t coached in a decade, and hadn’t coached college football since the 1980s. His only identity with young people was as a glib, entertaining but decidedly old-school analyst on ESPN. There was little reason to believe this would work, and even less when his staffing plans began to fall apart. But guess what? With a sample size of exactly two games, things are going far better than expected.”

SB Nation: So, which team in Arizona was supposed to be the one in trouble?

Richard Johnson writes: “It’s only two games into their respective tenures, but Herm Edwards has his Sun Devils looking closer to a proof of concept than Kevin Sumlin’s Arizona.”

SI.com: The Herm Edwards experiment is going to work

Andy Staples writes: “This isn’t a prediction of a Pac-12 title or even a Pac-12 South title for Arizona State—though the latter certainly seems possible given what we’ve seen so far. It is, however, an acknowledgement that in year one Arizona State should meet or surpass what Todd Graham was doing. After that, the future could be bright.”

SI.com: Herm Edwards, Arizona State Put a Stop to Jokes by Upsetting Michigan State

Eric Single writes: “No one’s making fun of Herm Edwards and Arizona State now. Everyone who cackled when the school first announced the hire, or mocked the NFL-style “leadership model” that he and athletic director Ray Anderson promised to bring to the football program, or pounced on the most incoherent moments of his introductory press conference—all of us have to be quiet for a few days. The Sun Devils are 2–0 and the toast of the Pac-12 after upsetting No. 15 Michigan State in Tempe on a Brandon Ruiz 28-yard field goal as time expired, outlasting the Spartans in a defensive slog of a game in oppressive Arizona heat.”

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