Apparently the Men of Troy won’t have to worry about the scorching Arizona desert heat after all. Despite rumors of an afternoon game, ASU and USC will kick off in the evening on September 28, either at 7:00 p.m. PT on ESPN or 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2, depending on the outcomes of this week’s contests.
The moderate nighttime temperatures may be more to USC’s liking, but they aren’t expected to cool off the intense Sun Devil-Trojan rivalry. USC is 18-10 all-time against Arizona State, including wins in five of the last six meetings in Tempe. However, USC fell to ASU 43-22 in its last visit to Sun Devil Stadium in 2011.
No. 23 Arizona State faces a critical challenge prior to its showdown with Lane Kiffin and Company. The Sun Devils must travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to meet the No. 5 Standard Cardinal. ASU head coach Todd Graham and his team secured a controversial 32-30 victory against Big Ten powerhouse Wisconsin last Saturday.
USC, on the other hand, faces a pesky Utah State squad this week. The Trojans are enjoying a respite after cruising to a 35-7 win over Boston College. The victory against the Eagles some pressure off USC quarterback Cody Kessler, running back Tre Madden and their teammates in Los Angeles.