Arizona State has been playing in Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field since 1958. This season marks the teams 55th in the building and ASU has played more than 350 home games there. Oregon visits on Thursday, Oct. 18, for a 6 p.m. ESPN matchup and ASU’s Ring of Honor Game ( http://www.thesundevils.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/081312aab.html ).
How big is that game from a historical angle based on Oregon’s current No. 2 Associated Press ranking you ask? Well, you didn’t ask but we are going to tell you anyways.
Only six times in Sun Devil history has a team ranked second or higher visited Sun Devil Stadium, the last being top-ranked USC on Oct. 1, 2005, as the Trojans topped ASU 38-28. Oregon could be only the fifth conference team to visit Frank Kush field with a ranking of No. 2 or higher. Will Oregon stay at No. 2? It plays at Washington State on Sept. 29 and then vs. Washington on Oct. 6 then has 12 days off before its game with the Sun Devils. Third-ranked LSU, 68 votes behind them, plays at No. 11 Florida on Oct. 6 and hosts No. 6 South Carolina on Oct. 13 so things could change.
But you get the point…Oct. 18 is a big deal.
ASU VS. AP TEAMS RANKED NO. 1 OR NO. 2 AT SUN DEVIL STADIUM
Oct. 1, 2005-#1 USC 38, #14 ASU 28
Sept. 21, 1996-#17 ASU 19, #1 Nebraska 0
Sept. 5, 1992-#2 Washington 31, ASU 7
Nov. 12, 1988-#2 USC 50, ASU 0
Sept. 26, 1987-#2 Nebraska 35, #12 ASU 28
Oct. 14, 1978-ASU 20, #2 USC 7
Note: regular season games only