Sun Devils prepare for Stanford

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PHOENIX -- The Sun Devils may need a more balanced attack when they face Stanford in the Pac-10 opener for both teams Saturday night in Tempe.

The Sun Devils missed senior tailback Keegan Herring out with a hamstring injury. He may miss this week too.

Against Stanford, the Sun Devils may have to rely on quarterback Rudy Carpenter. Against NAU, Carpenter completed 22-of-28 passes for 388 yards and a touchdown, and he tied a school record with 13 straight completions.

Carpenter says he's becoming more comfortable after one season in Dennis Erickson's offense.

Stanford will provide a much tougher test for the Sun Devils.

The Cardinal opened with a victory over Oregon State in Palo Alto, and they're much improved under second-year coach Jim Harbaugh.

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