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ARIZONA STATE_ Key players: RB Cameron Marshall, RB Jamal Miles, DT Will Sutton, LB Brandon Magee, CB Osahon Irabor. Returning starters: offense 4, defense 4.

Notes: After taking some heat for bolting Pittsburgh after just one season, new coach Todd Graham has won over Arizona State’s players and its fan base, creating some long-awaited excitement in Tempe. … The biggest decision will be picking a replacement for quarterback Brock Osweiler, who’s now with the Denver Broncos. Mike Bercovici and Taylor Kelly are competing with highly touted freshman Michael Eubank, but none have started a college game. … Marshall is healthy after a nagging ankle injury hampered him last season. … Magee, back after tearing his Achilles tendon before last season, signed with the Boston Red Sox but will play for the Sun Devils this season.


COLORADO _ Key players: QB Connor Wood, RB Tony Jones, T David Bakhtiari, DT Will Pericak, LB Doug Rippy, S Ray Polk. Returning starters: offense 3, defense 6.

Notes: The Buffaloes had a rough initiation into the expanded Pac-12, going 3-10, and could be in for some more difficult times this season with one of the youngest teams in the nation. … Wood is the likely front-runner to start at quarterback after sophomore Nick Hirschman broke his foot for the second time in less than a year last March. … Paul Richardson, one of Colorado’s top returning receivers, is out for the season after tearing his ACL in the spring. … The Buffaloes struggled last season, but did manage to end a 23-game road losing streak.