A Win Over Hated Arizona Would Salvage Arizona State's Season

Michael HamburgContributor INovember 24, 2009

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Dennis Erickson of the Arizona State Sun Devils runs onto the field during introductions before the game with the Washington Huskies on October 13, 2007 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.  Arizona State won 44-20.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Finally it's here! Now that Arizona State's bowl hopes are completely gone, we have to focus on one team, the University of Arizona Wildcats. With rivalry week ending ASU’s college football season, a win against that team from Tucson could really spark momentum going into next season.

Tempe needs this win to regain the Territorial Cup and prove to the University of Arizona that their season was a complete fluke. For the true fans that still watch State on Saturdays, you probably know we lost to UCLA due to the fact ASU cannot catch a break in any aspect of the game. UCLA capitalized on two turnovers for defensive touchdowns. 

It was frustrating to watch but Samson was dropping dimes on the run when our offense was on the field. Even though we are losing, watching Samson still gives ASU hope for a W. Our team needs to come together this week for the seniors, and like I said in some of my articles before, this win means more than anything. 

Anything can happen in rivalries, underdogs can become winners and U of A probably thinks they have this game in the bag. The Sun Devils have to come into this game with their heads held high and play smash-mouth football. We do not know the starting quarterback as of now but hopefully Samson will get the nod and show those 'Cats down in Tucson what Sun Devil speed is about. 

This would be a huge win for Dennis Erickson who is coming off of his second consecutive losing season. The loss from the Wildcats last year really put a sour taste in the Devils fans mouths and we want to return the favor. 

This game should be a hard fought battle that goes down to the final seconds. The Devils have home field advantage and once the first player comes out of the Tillman Tunnel the place should be electric and loud. ASU, we have the advantage: Wear yellow, protect the A and show no mercy against the U of A fans. 

They are in Sun Devil country and we have to let them know that. Like I said, even though we are home, we are the underdogs but we aren’t going to play like it. This ASU football team has underachieved this whole season and beating the rivals is a great time to show the country who we really are.