Football Alters 2005 Schedule

Nov. 16, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz.-- Arizona State University has made two significant changes to its 2005 football schedule in an effort to gain a competitive edge for the football team, Director of Athletics Gene Smith announced Tuesday.

'These moves reflect our intent to assist our fans whenever we have the opportunity to do so,' says Smith. 'We sit down to see how we can improve the schedule each year. Some years we are able to make moves while others we cannot. This year, like last year, we were able to accommodate two moves which accomplish both.'

The first change involves moving the season opener with Temple from Saturday, September 3 to Thursday, September 1. This move allows the football team to begin its preseason workouts at Camp Tontozona earlier, decreases the number of days the team will have to practice at night in Tempe once returning to the Valley, and allows ASU fans and students to attend the game Thursday night and then have the entire Labor Day Weekend to enjoy. The move also increases ASU's opportunity for television for the Temple game that would not be available on Saturday, September 3.

The second change moves the Pacific-10 Conference game with the University of Washington from Saturday, October 15 to Saturday, October 29. This allows ASU's team to enjoy an open date on October 15 in the middle of the season, similar to the open date the 2004 team had this season. The move also involved Washington and the University of Oregon, who switched their annual rivalry game from October 29, 2005 to October 8, 2005.

By completing these changes, ASU will now have three open Saturdays during the 2005 season as it did in the 2004 campaign. In 2003, ASU played 11 straight games without an open Saturday to rest and heal injuries. The Sun Devils will play six games to open the season, enjoy an open date on October 15, play four more games and then enjoy the open date prior to the annual ASU/UA game.

For the fans, ASU has already set the first two home game times at 7 p.m. MST/PDT (Temple and Northwestern), thus avoiding the daytime heat of September.

To review:

The Temple Move ...

* Provides ASU its first open Saturday on Sept. 3, 2004
* Allows fans to enjoy the Labor Day weekend and still attend the Sun Devil football game on Thursday night.
* Allows the team to open preseason workouts at Camp Tontozona earlier.
* Decreases the number of night practices for the team once it returns to the Valley from Camp Tontozona.
* Increases the chances for television.

The Washington Move ...

* Provides an open date on Saturday, October 15, giving the Sun Devils a week to prepare and recover for the last half of the season.
* Gives ASU a home game on October 29, instead of having three straight Pac-10 road games (Stanford, Washington State and UCLA)

The full 2005 schedule follows:

Sept. 1 -- Temple (7 p.m. MT) (City of Tempe Night)
Sept. 10 -- at LSU
Sept. 17 -- Northwestern (7 p.m. MT)
Sept. 24 -- at Oregon State
Oct. 1 -- USC
Oct. 8 -- Oregon
Oct. 15 - Open date
Oct. 22 -- at Stanford
Oct. 29 -- Washington
Nov. 5 -- at Washington State
Nov. 12 -- at UCLA
Nov. 25 -- Arizona (Senior Day)

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