What's the ASU game plan? It's pretty simple – for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl, the Devils are aiming to win at the Rose Bowl against UCLA.
"I'm not going to act any different than any other week," ASU Head Coach Todd Graham said. "But is this a big game? Yeah, it's a big game."
On Saturday, the 19th ranked Devils will travel to play No. 14 UCLA with a chance to achieve what Graham has been talking about since the day he was hired – win a championship game. In this case, the Devils clinch the Pac-12 South with a victory.
"It's hard for me not to point to the game here when we've been talking about winning a championship for two years," Graham said Monday. "I don't believe how I act in the week is going to change a whole lot. It's what you do the whole year."
Despite losses to Stanford and Notre Dame earlier this season, the Devils have responded with five straight wins, including a 30-17 victory over Oregon State. Currently, the Devils are ranked 17th in the BCS standings.
"We believed we could be a great team," Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly said. "Coach did a great job instilling that mindset."
On Monday, the Devils won again when Robert Nelson was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. The senior cornerback snagged two interceptions in the win against Oregon State, including a game-sealing interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Nelson led an Arizona State defense that forced four interceptions from the nation's leading passer in a 30-17 win.