I think part of your question will be answered this weekend. Not necessarily in what ASU does but more how VSU performs vs North Alabama and TU performs vs CAU. Clearly some pollsters think VSU is not that bad considering they found themselves in the D2 Football ranking again. Additionally, we can't discount a down VSU or down TU team. History is on their sides. Both coaches know how to make a team win even with deficiencies.
I attended the game against TU and must admit I noticed a huge difference in the team. Even on the sidelines players are more attentive and paying attention. The execution of the offense is much improved in having options to move the ball. Remember, the QB was 15 for 15 passing going into the halftime. The offensive line holds well giving the QB time. They are much physical than I have witnessed in the past. The defense is overall smaller, but quicker. They were all over the ball. Defense had three interceptions against VSU and should have had one against TU but the defensive player dropped the ball. The defense is solid and tough.
As been previously said, VSU and TU both have quality programs with great respect in their respective conferences. ASU is generating a lot of excitement. The next two games will prove pivotal. However, as Coach Gabe said, ASU plans to stay focused, continue to improve, and move one game at a time. The Rams are playing efficient football. That's driving the time of possession. In short, the answer to your question will come with time.
I would like to hear what some TU fans thought about the game who were there. How would they grade ASU's performance. Of course I would like to hear it from an unbiased prospective. http://www.walb.com/story/36362021/the-2-0-rams-arent-going-to-beat-themselves