Arizona-Arizona State Preview CapsulePosted: Updated:
Arizona (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) at No. 13 Arizona State (9-2, 7-1), 10:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)
Line: Arizona State by 12.
Series record: Arizona leads 47-38-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Both teams are coming off their biggest wins of the season, adding a level of hype to the annual battle for the Territorial Cup. The Sun Devils wrapped up the Pac-12 South Division by beating UCLA last Saturday and can host the title game against No. 8 Stanford with a win over the Wildcats, who knocked off Oregon.
Arizona State's run defense against Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey. The task for every team that faces Arizona is to slow down Carey and no one has been able to do it yet. An All-American last season, he is second nationally with 155.9 yards per game and has rushed for at least 119 yards in all 10 games this season. After struggling early in the season, the Sun Devils have been much better at stopping the run lately.
Arizona: QB B.J. Denker. If Arizona State is able to slow Carey, it will be up to Denker to keep the Wildcats going. He's been a superb dual-threat quarterback and had arguably his best game against the Ducks, throwing for 178 yards and running for 103.
Arizona State: LB Chris Young. The senior has been one of the Sun Devils' best defensive players all season and had perhaps the best game of his career against UCLA, finishing with 13 tackles and three sacks.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Territorial Cup is the oldest rivalry trophy in college football, dating back to 1899. Saturday's game will be the 89th all-time meeting between the in-state rivals. ... Arizona State won last year's game in Tucson 41-34 by scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter. The road team has won fourth straight in the series... Sun Devils RB Marion Grice could be out of the lineup after suffering a leg injury against UCLA last week. He is No. 4 nationally with 176 all-purpose yards per game and has scored 20 TDs. ... Arizona has 15 interceptions this season after getting 12 last year. ... Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez has made 15 straight field goals, two short of the school record set by Thomas Weber in 2007.
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