The Sun Devils aren't the only team getting ready to battle an opponent from Tucson. On Sunday, the Cardinals will face former UA quarterback Nick Foles.
As expected, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly officially named Foles the starting QB over Michael Vick.
"Nick will be our starter," Kelly said. "And hopefully we get Mike (Vick) back through a full week of practice and he'll be able to be the No. 2 guy."
Foles, in his second season, has been named the starter for the rest of the season.
"Chip is a straight-up guy," Foles said. "He came in and told me I'm No. 1 and told Mike he's No. 2. It's not like in the movies where everyone sits down and there's tears."
Coming off a bye week, the Eagles (6-5) are tied atop the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cardinals (7-4) take a four-game winning streak into Philadelphia.
In five starts after replacing an injured Vick, Foles has posted a 4-1 record while throwing for 1,554 yards. Almost shockingly, Foles has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. In addition, he's thrown 199 passes, dating back to last season, without an interception.
"I feel the same," Foles said. "Nothing has really changed. I'm going to prepare the same way I always have."
But wait, there's more. His quarterback rating of 128.0 is on pace to break the regular-season record of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (122.5), set in 2011. Twice this season, Foles has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
"I always believe you need to have one quarterback," Kelly said. "I don't think our guys are going into games worrying about if they make a mistake. I want our players to always play from a desire to excel, not a fear of failure."
Despite the fact that the Cards enter the game with a defense ranked in the top ten, with the No. 2 rushing defense in the NFL, the Eagles figure to attack the Cards under Chip Kelly's aggressive and innovative offensive system.
"The only thing I've told Nick before we go into the games is go let it rip, don't worry about things," said Kelly.