Almost invariably, the Territorial Cup decides little more than who gets bragging rights for twelve months.
Sure it can impact bowl positioning, but neither program has made anything more than a brief splash on the national scene in a while.
The 2012 version probably won't impact much more than bowl positioning, either.
The Sun Devils face a difficult second half to their season, with games against Oregon State (No. 7) and USC (No. 9) looming, among others. Chances are ASU will have had their Rose Bowl hopes dashed by the time they face off with their hated rival.
Arizona, on the other hand, would need to win out to win the Pac-12 South. With USC, UCLA, Utah and Arizona State remaining, the odds of that happening are slim-to-none.
Alas, the annual bragging rights game.
More often than not, one team is reduced to the role of spoiler. Often times that team comes away victorious.
Case in point, Arizona's 31-27 win in Tempe a year ago.
The year before, well, you know what happened.
Truthfully, the Territorial Cup is always a toss up. In the spirit of predictions, here goes:
Trailing 23-17 late in the fourth quarter, Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly leads the Sun Devils on a flawless 86-yard drive to tie the game. With just 46 seconds left to play, Arizona appears done for.
But before the maroon-and-gold-clad portion of Arizona Stadium can regain their composure, the extra point is blocked.
Still alive, Rich Rodriguez makes the wildly unpopular decision to play for overtime.
Arizona gets the ball to begin the first overtime period. On the third play of the drive, running back Ka'Deem Carey finds a seam and reaches the end zone. The extra point is good.
Cool, calm, and collected, quarterback Taylor Kelly responds by tossing a 14-yard score to D.J. Foster.
Then it happens.
The sky opens up and rain begins to fall. Barely visible from the sideline, head coach Todd Graham runs frantically towards the side judge to call timeout.
In a bold move, Graham elects to bring the offense back out onto the field.
The rain continues to intensify as Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devil offense huddle up.
The ball is snapped low. Kelly picks the ball up off the wet ground and immediately feels pressure. He scrambles right. Quickly running out of real estate, Kelly tosses the ball up for grabs in the back of the end zone.
The ball is deflected twice before winding up in the hands of tight end Chris Coyle.
Sparky leads the charge towards the Arizona Block A, pitchfork in hand. Sun Devil players celebrate at midfield while the Wildcat players and fans look on in disbelief.
Hardly audible in the chaos, the referee declares, "the play is under further review!"
It takes a few moments for this information to register. Eventually, players on both teams retreat to their respective sidelines.
They wait, soaking wet.
Almost as one, the fans look towards the scoreboard in the south end zone to see what happened.
Suddenly the Wildcat faithful begin to roar. It appears as if Coyle's foot landed out of bounds!
The referee returns to the field.
"After further review, the receiver landed with his first foot out of bounds. It is an incomplete pass. The game is over. Arizona wins."
Pandemonium ensues as the Arizona sideline spills onto the field. Graham and Rodriguez struggle to find one another amidst the chaos.
Sparky and Wilbur begin wrestling one another as Wilma looks on in horror.
Prediction: Arizona 30, Arizona State 29