Arizona teams prepare for Territorial Cup duelPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Both Arizona teams are preparing for the annual duel in the desert. Aside from loathing each other, Arizona and Arizona State each have their reasons for wanting to win the Territorial Cup Saturday.
For the Sun Devils (5-6, 4-4 Pac-10), a victory would bring a minor bowl berth and slap a happy face on an otherwise ugly season.
For Arizona (6-5, 4-4), a win ends a frustrating three-game losing streak to its arch rival and provides further evidence of the once-decrepit program's growth under coach Mike Stoops.
In each of the last two years, the Wildcats needed a victory over ASU to ensure a bowl berth, and both times they came up short. Arizona has already wrapped up its first post-season trip since 1998, although the destination remains a mystery, while ASU is still frantically pursuing a bowl bid.
Stoops is 23-34 in five seasons at Arizona. He has two years left on his contract.
Athletic director Jim Livengood on Monday reiterated his support for his football coach.
ASU is riding a season-long three-game win streak, but it has come against Washington, Washington State and UCLA, who are a combined 6-29.