Ever since the Arizona State reached No. 4 in the October 28th, 2007 BCS standings after an 8-0 start, the Sun Devils have fallen progressively farther away from a BCS bowl berth. This futility culminated in 2010 as the team missed a bowl game for the third consecutive season.
Despite their recent bowl drought, the Sun Devils are a team many consider to be on the rise. Their 2010 campaign featured a very young team that battled immense growing pains to surpass expectations and finish 6-6. The momentum of the instant classic double-overtime win over Arizona and sleek new uniforms has further fueled the fire of expectations.
The young kids of 2010 are now the experienced veterans of 2011. ASU is now poised to make a run, not just at the Pac-12 South division title but at that elusive first berth in a BCS bowl.
Now in his fifth season in Tempe, head coach Dennis Erickson has all of the tools in place to make that a reality. However, that is much easier said than done.
What must happen for the the Sun Devils to make it to the BCS promised land?