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Arizona State Football: Sun Devils' Most Likely Bowl Opponents

The Sun Devils are in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 South.
The Sun Devils are in the drivers seat in the Pac-12 South.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Robby BakerContributor IIINovember 3, 2013

The Arizona State Sun Devils are in the driver's seat in the Pac-12 South and have their eyes set on the Rose Bowl.

Postseason play isn't anything new to the Sun Devils, as they have appeared in bowl games the past two seasons. Last year they demolished Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and are already bowl-eligible again this year.

If ASU goes on to win the Pac-12 South, it will likely play Stanford or Oregon for the Pac-12 title.

The Sun Devils have already lost to Stanford this year, and Oregon has steamrolled through basically everyone it has played. With that being said, Arizona State would most likely lose the Pac-12 Championship Game, sending it to either the Alamo or Holiday Bowl.

Both are great bowl games, giving the Sun Devils excellent publicity.

If the Sun Devils stumble at all down the stretch, however, and don't win the South, they may play in the Sun Bowl, pitting them against an ACC opponent.

If ASU played in either the Alamo or Holiday Bowl, and the season ended today, the Sun Devils would most likely play either Oklahoma or Texas Tech.

If the Sun Devils don't finish the season strong and end up in the Sun Bowl, they will likely play Georgia Tech.

The Sooners would give ASU all they could handle and would be a fun game to watch.
The Sooners would give ASU all they could handle and would be a fun game to watch.Brett Deering/Getty Images



This would be a fantastic bowl game.

Oklahoma is currently third in the Big 12 and could be either a Holiday or Alamo Bowl opponent for the Sun Devils, as both bowls have Pac-12 and Big 12 tie-ins.

The Sooners' only loss so far this year came to Texas in the Red River Shootout.

They still have two major matchups left this year against Baylor and Oklahoma State, meaning they could lose another game before it's all said and done.

Oklahoma is a balanced team on both sides of the ball that would give the Sun Devils all they could handle. Playing a team like Oklahoma would be great for ASU, in that, if the Sun Devils could get the win, they would be able to finally prove themselves on a national stage.

A Red Raider, Sun Devil bowl game would be a shootout.
A Red Raider, Sun Devil bowl game would be a shootout.Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Spo


Texas Tech

The Red Raiders came storming out of the gates this year and have since come crashing back down to earth.

They have lost their last two games and could be a Holiday Bowl opponent for ASU.

College football fans who love offense would be salivating over this matchup. Texas Tech has the second-best passing attack in all of college football, and ASU has been scoring points with reckless abandon all season.

This game would certainly have offensive fireworks and plenty of highlights to go around.

It would also have a larger significance for the Sun Devils as head coach Todd Graham wants to create a recruiting pipeline to the Lone Star State.

Georgia Tech would provide Arizona State with a unique challenge.
Georgia Tech would provide Arizona State with a unique challenge.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images


Georgia Tech

If Arizona State's season crumbles down the stretch, it could find itself in the Sun Bowl playing an ACC foe.

Georgia Tech is currently in the middle of the pack in the ACC and could find itself in the Sun Bowl for the third year in a row.

The Yellow Jackets are again a triple-option offense and would pose a unique challenge for the Sun Devils. It would be a great chance for NFL hopefuls like Will Sutton, Carl Bradford and Chris Young to show their skill, though.

Arizona State couldn't take the Yellow Jackets lightly, however, as Georgia Tech upset USC in the Sun Bowl last year.


Stats and information from unless otherwise indicated. Robby Baker is a B/R Featured Columnist. You can find his B/R archive and follow him @Robby__Baker.

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