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No. 13 Arizona State (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12, CFP No. 13) at No. 12 Arizona (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12, CFP No. 11), 3:30 p.m. EST (Fox)
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Series Record: Arizona leads 47-39-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The annual battle for the Territorial Cup is one of the most anticipated in the 88-game history of this desert rivalry. Both teams are still in the hunt for the Pac-12 South Division title - they need Stanford to beat UCLA - and both are ranked headed into the game for the first time since 1986. Always a wild game, this one should be extra intense.
Arizona's defense vs. Arizona State's offense. The Wildcats have shown they can score under coach Rich Rodriguez, but stopping the Sun Devils will be the key to winning this game. The Sun Devils scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Wildcats two years ago and ran all over them in a rout last season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Arizona State: QB Taylor Kelly. The senior missed three games with a broken foot and struggled at times after his return, leading to calls for him to be replaced by Mike Bercovici, who played well while he was out. Coach Todd Graham stuck by Kelly and he responded last week by throwing for four touchdowns in his final home game.
Arizona: RB Nick Wilson. He ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns on a soggy night in Utah last week and is the first freshman in school history - fourth in the Pac-12 - the rush for over 1,000 yards (1,085) in a season. QB Anu Solomon (ankle) is listed as questionable.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Territorial Cup is the oldest rivalry trophy in college football, first presented in 1899. ... Arizona State is facing its sixth ranked opponent of the season, matching the school record for one season, set in 1986 and 1995. ... Arizona State has won the two meetings since Graham and Rodriguez took over as coaches, including a 58-21 thumping in Tempe last season. ... Arizona has won at least eight games in three straight seasons for the first time since 1973-75.
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