I've arrived in Tempe. It's warm but -- all together now –– it's a dry heat. And really, while it was up in the 90s today, it's only supposed to top out in the mid-80s tomorrow, meaning it'll likely be in the 70s during the game -- warm for football, but not the major factor it once looked like it might have been.
A brief preview:
WASHINGTON (2-3, 0-2)
AT NO. 14 ARIZONA STATE (6-0, 3-0)
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m., Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Television: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: Washington leads, 15-11. However, the Sun Devils have won the last three meetings, including 26-23 in overtime last season at Husky Stadium.
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What to watch: ASU has the top scoring defensive in the Pac-10, and by a wide margin. While no other Pac-10 team holds opponents to fewer than 20 points a game, ASU allows 14. The Sun Devils are basic on both sides of the ball, trying to be masters of simplicity, rather than trying to fool anyone. Washington will be working at least one new player into its starting secondary, where Darin Harris and Nate Williams are likely to fill the safety spot opened by Jason Wells' season-ending knee injury. Coaches promise that a second tailback will be used to spell Louis Rankin, probably J.R. Hasty or Brandon Johnson. This game could mark the debut of cornerback Jordan Murchison, who had been kept away from the team due to legal problems. A high temperature of 84 is expected in the area today, however game temperatures should be in the 70s.
What's at stake: The Huskies are looking for their first Pacific-10 Conference win, and they don't want their three-game losing streak getting any longer. The Sun Devils want to extend their unbeaten season and keep their conference title hopes alive.