It is classified it as one of the oldest trophy rivalry games in the NCAA, as ASU and U of A will go head-to head for The Territorial Cup. The week leading up to the game has brought much debate on who will take home the trophy as well as have bragging rights for the next year. ASU won the matchup last season, defeating the Wildcats 30-29 in double overtime.
The loss to the Devils last year has left University of Arizona players hungry for a win. UA quarterback Nick Foles stated “That loss took a little longer to get over. It was the last game of the (regular season), so I had more time to think about it. It was tough. But I have no regrets. I never have any regrets.”
For now both teams seem to be embracing the competition while the state of Arizona is divided in Devil and Wildcat fans. ASU head coach Dennis Erickson stated, “This is as big as any I’ve ever been around. In this state you are either a Sun Devil or a Wildcat. Those kinds of rivalries, when you have to live with it for a year, that’s what makes it so big.”
There is no doubt that tensions will be running high at opening kickoff as both teams will battle to take home The Territorial Cup and as ASU fights for an opportunity to win the PAC-12 South.