ASU fans keep watch over 'A' Mountain before Saturday's Territorial Cup

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TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's a once-a-year battle over bragging rights, but the rivalry between ASU and U of A lives strong all year.

The Territorial Cup will be played Saturday afternoon in Tempe. It brings with it the threat of another 'tradition,’ the possible re-painting of the 'A' on A Mountain.

It's not a long hike to the top of A Mountain, but it is a symbolic one.

"Forks up, all the way," said ASU alum Brian Ary.

Generations of ASU students and fans have made this journey to keep watch over the giant letter ‘A’ in the days before the big game, protecting it from vandals looking to paint over it.

"I've seen them camp up there, yes. They have a tent, food, they have water,” said ASU fan Richard Mayer

As of sunset on Friday night, the ‘A’ was still gold. But students can't let their guard down.

In 2014 Wildcats’ fans snuck past the Sun Devils, painting the 'A' red and blue nearly three weeks before the big game.

"Every once in a while they'll slip up, but right now we're definitely on guard," said Ary.

With no one setting up camp yet on Friday, it was a collective guardianship among hikers.

ASU fans and alums making sure the mountain stays the way it is for Saturday's Duel in the Desert.

“I think it'll be a close game. I think it'll be another exciting one,” said ASU fan Shawn Martin. 

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She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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