THE GAME – Sun Devil Football will conclude the regular season this weekend on the road with the playing of the 96th Edition of the Territorial Cup Game against rival Arizona this Friday, Nov. 25 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson beginning at 1 p.m. AZT. The contest will be broadcast on the FS1 (Adam Alexander and Devin Gardner on the call) and available over the airwaves locally on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Tim Healey, Jeff Van Raaphorst, Jeff Munn).
ON THE WILDCATS – This will be the 96th Duel in the Desert, with Arizona leading the all-time series 49-45-1. The vast majority of those Wildcat wins came prior to 1950, however. Since 1949, ASU holds a 44-29-1 record in the series. The winner of the game will receive (or retain) the Territorial Cup Trophy, and the game is recognized by the NCAA as the nation’s oldest rivalry trophy game. The Sun Devils have won five straight games in the rivalry – four of which have come by at least two possessions, including a 70-7 rout in 2020. While neither team is bowl eligible this season, the victor on Friday will take home the Territorial Cup and finish with the higher ranking in the Pac-12 standings at the end of the year.
- ASU has held opponents to less than 30 points in 33 of 54 games since 2018 (61.1 percent), notable as it DID allow 30+ in 32 of 43 previous games (74.4 percent) in a span from 2013-17.
- Since 2018, ASU has held opponents to 400 total yards of offense or less on 29 occasions over 54 games (53.7 percent of the time). For comparison, ASU accomplished the feat just 24 times in the 65 previous games (36.9 percent) from 2013-2017.
- Since 2018, ASU has rushed for 100+ yards in 43 of 54 games (79.6 percent).
- While ASU’s sack totals haven’t quite been there this year, the team’s defensive linemen (interior and edge defenders only) have combined for 34 QB hits on the season, tied for the 10th-most of any defensive line in the FBS. The group also has 116 total hurries, 16th among all FBS defensive lines.’The group has 165 total quarterback pressures credited this season – 17th among all FBS defensive lines.
- 270 of Conyers’ 346 receiving yards have come in the last four games – the highest tally among FBS tight ends in the last four weeks. His four touchdowns are the most among FBS tight ends in that time while his 12 first downs receiving are third. He has 140 yards after contact in that stretch. No other FBS tight end has more than 69.
- Ro Torrence has allowed just 173 yards…