The Arizona State Sun Devil football team always seems on the cusp of greatness, but never quite seems to attain it. Every Sun Devil team that looks like a strong BCS candidate in September inevitably winds up playing in some weed-whacker bowl come December. In spite of this dubious track record, this year’s team looks like a strong challenger in the Pac-12. Preseason All-American DT Will Sutton will anchor a Devils defense that will be as stout up front as just about any team in the country -- a must, given that the road to the Pac-12 title will run through Stanford and (possibly) Oregon.
ASU will open its season against the FCS Sacramento State Hornets on Thursday, September 5, at Sun Devil Stadium, 500 East Veterans Way in Tempe. The Hornets figure to be the easiest game on a stacked schedule for the Devils, so anything less than a convincing win would be a troubling sign for ASU fans. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.thesundevils.com or by calling 480-727-0000.