Posted on: August 19, 2014
One of the reasons I love August is that football is just around the corner. Training camps are underway, rosters and depth charts are set and new uniforms are unveiled. As fans, we read and re-read upcoming season schedules, we predict the outcomes of games months in advance and we look forward to spending our weekends during the next few months at games or at our favorite sports bars with friends. There’s really nothing better than football season.
The Sun Devils are playing their first game of the season, at home, next Thursday against Weber State. Safe to say, we can chalk this one up as a win. If you love football, you’ll be impressed with ASU’s schedule this season. They’ll be on the road this year when they play USC, Washington, Oregon State and some college down in Tucson nobody has ever heard of.
But no shortage of big name college football programs will be visiting us in Tempe this year. If they can continue to build upon the success of last season, 2014 will be one of the most memorable years in ASU football history.
Without dissecting every upcoming game, here are a few I’m really looking forward to this year. First up, UCLA.
The Bruins will be in Tempe on Thursday, September 25th. In addition to them being a Pac-12 rival, UCLA has a big time QB in Brett Hundley. He’s a top-5 college football quarterback and a candidate to be a Heisman Trophy finalist. UCLA is also bringing back 17 starters from last season, including two-way star Myles Jack.
The second game I’m looking forward to is against Stanford. It doesn’t matter which team you pull for, you have to admit that Stanford is great every year. Luckily for ASU football fans, RB Tyler Gaffney and LB Shane Skov are now in the NFL. Kevin Hogan is at QB and fans are eager to see what the running game will be like, with Remound Wright getting a majority of the carries, along with their redshirt sophomore RB. Some guy named Barry Sanders…
Finally, to no surprise, the third game I’m looking forward to this season is against Notre Dame. The Sun Devils play host to the Fighting Irish on Saturday, November 8. Whether or not you’re a fan of theirs, you can’t say college football without thinking of Notre Dame. The two go hand-in-hand. Even though they’re not in the Pac-12, Notre Dame is currently ranked as a top-20 team. QB Everett Golson is back after spending last season suspended from the team. But Notre Dame lost a lot of players to graduation and the NFL, which means they’re going through a bit of an identity crisis right now and obviously, that works in ASU’s favor. This will be a fun, physical and high scoring game to watch.
This season is shaping up to be a great one for ASU football. Things are going in the right direction and it’s only a matter of time before ASU is a favorite for the national championship. All it takes is one good season.
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