After a busy December for the ASU football program, the Sun Devils will take the field Friday in the Sun Bowl versus No. 24 NC State. Who has the advantage?
It has felt like ages since ASU football took the field considering the amount of turnover on the coaching staff with Herm Edwards hired as head coach and changes at offensive and defensive coordinator.
But considering all that, the Sun Devils arrived in El Paso, Texas, earlier this week in preparation for the Hyundai Sun Bowl Friday against the 24th-ranked NC State Wolfpack.
Arizona State is looking to send out head coach Todd Graham on top in his final game as Sun Devils head coach.
Friday’s Sun Bowl will be just the third meeting between the two schools with the all-time series tied at one a piece. Arizona State took the first meeting, 25-22, in 1960 with the most recent meeting occurring in 1974 in which NC State won 35-14.
Arizona State holds a 3-1-1 record in the Sun Bowl with the Sun Devils winning their last appearance, 36-31, versus Duke in 2014.
NC State has been one of the best stories in college football having won eight games this season and ranking as high as 14th in the AP Poll this season.
Despite finishing the season with a rivalry win over North Carolina, NC State lost three of their last five games after beginning the season 6-1.
This should be a really tight game as both teams are pretty even on paper.
NC State rank 29th nationally in total offense with Arizona State ranked 40th. On total defense, the Wolfpack have the edge ranking 53rd nationally and the Sun Devils ranking 109th.
With Friday’s game right around the corner, who has the edge at each positional group? First up is the quarterback position.