Arizona State Football: The State of the Program After 2013 Season

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Arizona State Football: The State of the Program After 2013 Season
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The Arizona State football program is certainly headed in the right direction.

The Arizona State Sun Devils ended their season with 10 wins, a Pac-12 South title, and also got to host the Pac-12 Championship game for the first time in school history.

Not bad for head coach Todd Graham's second year on the job.

The Sun Devils relied on their large senior class to provide stability and leadership throughout the season and they certainly didn't disappoint.

Following Arizona State's loss to Notre Dame early in the year, it looked like Sun Devil fans were in for another year of above average football. The Sun Devils looked like they were at least another year away from being ready for the big stage and bright lights of big-time college football.

Losing to the Fighting Irish lit a fire under ASU though, a fire that wasn't extinguished until the Pac-12 Championship game where ASU lost for the first time since Week 5 of the season.

ASU proved they could win the big game this year by going to Los Angeles and beating UCLA on the road to win the Pac-12 South title outright.

The team continued to improve week to week and it appeared all the stars were aligning in Tempe for the Sun Devils to play January 1 in the granddaddy of them all.

Unfortunately for Sun Devil fans though, Stanford came into Tempe and beat the Sun Devils 38-14 in the Pac-12 Championship game.

Even with that loss however, ASU's football program is certainly headed in the right direction.

The Sun Devils will play in the Holiday Bowl and are looking to finish their season 11-3, a mark most college football teams would be very proud of.

It's a good time to be a Sun Devil, as Graham and his staff have made Arizona State a power in the Pac-12 South. The Sun Devils will be right near the top of the Pac-12 standings moving forward and a Pac-12 Championship game at Sun Devil stadium may become more of an expectation than a nice surprise.

 

Stats and information from ESPN.com and cfbstats.com unless otherwise indicated.

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