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Sun Devil football roundup

So let’s put this in perspective … ASU hadn’t won in California in fourteen games. ASU hadn’t won in Stanford since 1997. Nine of the top-25 teams lost over the weekend. Colorado – whom ASU beat – went and won against #3 Oklahoma. The Cal/Oregon game was a good one. Cal should rise through the…

College Football Rankings

W00t! ASU are back among the ranked teams – #23 in the AP and #25 in the USA Today poll. That means four Pac-10 teams are currently ranked – USC (#1), Cal (#6), Oregon (#11) and ASU (with UCLA also receiving votes). Week 3 of last season was our last time in the rankings (#22),…

Saturday Night at Sun Devil Stadium

I spent Saturday night in Sun Devil Stadium watching ASU beat Oregon State 44-32, to go 4-0 for the season. This after spotting the Beavers 19 points in the first seven minutes and given that OSU had the second-rated run defense in the country. Five interceptions and a lot of big third-down plays (both on…

Friday night lights … but not football

I had the pleasure of spending Friday evening as Guest Coach for the Sun Devil women’s soccer team. The Guest Coach program honors faculty who are selected by student-athletes and allows them to get behind the scenes on game day. So 5:30pm saw my daughter and I at the soccer stadium, meeting the players &…

Arizona State v San Jose State

Ah, Labor Day weekend. Sun, fun, and the start of college football. ASU plays San Jose State (home of my Scibling Janet) tomorrow night – the first game under Dennis Erickson. There is should be little doubt that ASU will win, though they may struggle against the Spartans.

Sparky’s going to Omaha

ASU are heading to the College World Series on a 7-1 defeat of Ole Miss tonight and a 4-3 comeback last night. Next stop, Omaha! Oh, and the ASU Women Track & Field are NCAA indoor and outdoor champs. All good. As some of you may know, I don’t care for pro-football or pro-baseball. NCAA…

ASU heads to Sweet 16

The third-seeded Lady Sun Devils worked past a terrible start, and rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to beat Louisville 67-58 on Monday night to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years. Which is more than the men have been able to do.

While I was gone …

ASU got beaten by Hawai’i 41-24 in the Hawai’i Bowl, Leading 10-3 at the half, but down 24-10 late in the third, ASU rallied for two touchdowns and had a third negated by penalty to nearly pull out a final win for Koetter. But no joy. You can’t win a game if you allow the…

A new era?

ASU will introduce Dennis Erickson as its new football coach during a press conference on Monday.

Who is on first?

Regular readers will know that ASU are looking for a new football coach after the firing of Dirk Koetter. Thursday morning the word was that there were six possible candidates: Norm Chow, Dennis Erickson, Steve Mariucci, Mike Martz, Mike Price and Mike Riley, with Chow being a “very strong candidate”. By midnight, the Arizona Republic was…