Bowl berth is job No. 1 for Sun Devils

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Good things typ­i­cally hap­pen for Ari­zona State foot­ball in sea­sons that in­clude a sweep of USC and

UCLA. Like Rose Bowl ap­pear­ances cap­ping the 1986 and '96 cam­paigns and a

Pac-12 South ti­tle in 2013.

So per­haps a win over

UCLA (2-7, 2-4 Pac-12) on

Satur­day, for ASU's first sweep of the Los An­ge­les schools since 2013, would lead to a truly memorable sea­son that seemed un­reach­able in mid-Oc­to­ber.

A third con­sec­u­tive win would make the Sun Devils (5-4, 3-3) bowl-el­i­gi­ble in coach Herm Ed­wards' first year and give 16 se­niors a vic­tory in their fi­nal home game, which also could be the last Sun Devil Sta­dium ap­pear­ance for star ju­nior wide re­ceiver N'Keal Harry should he leave early for the NFL.

With wins over USC and Utah, ASU gave it­self a chance for more than a low-level bowl. If the Sun Devils win out, they will be South cham­pion and play in the Pac-12 Cham­pi­onship Game on Nov. 30. That sce­nario, though, also re­quires road wins against Ore­gon on Nov. 17 and Ari­zona on Nov. 24. Noon. Sun Devil Sta­dium. Pac-12 Net­works.

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