On Friday night, the Arizona State Sun Devils return to Tempe in a clash with Stanford. Both programs are riding high following victories over ranked Pac-12 opponents.
ASU dismantled UCLA 42-23 in Pasadena. Stanford upset No. 3 Oregon in overtime 31-24.
Every game is a big game according to ASU head coach Herm Edwards. The messaging is still the same for his team as they prepare on short rest.
“The only game you can win is the one you have to play,” Edwards said as he spoke to the media Monday afternoon. “And then when that one’s done, it’s the next week.”
Edwards speaks highly of Stanford’s grit, which was on full display Saturday. He began prepping for them during the team flight home at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. That’s his routine, nothing changes there.
The one change this team made ahead of the UCLA game was placing offensive coordinator Zak Hill in the press box because of a sore back. That change may be instilled Friday and beyond.
“It can stay hurt if you want,” Edwards jokingly said to Hill. “We’re debating what he’s going to do, but I think he’s probably going to be in the box.
The Pac-12 contest between these two kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m.