Sun Devils Ranked 18th In USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll

Aug. 5, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State football team is ranked 18th in the preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll and will face teams ranked first and sixth in the first five games.

ASU will host top-ranked and defending national champion USC on Oct. 1 (time and TV TBD). Tickets are available online at www.thesundevils.com, at the ticket office located at the south end of Sun Devil Stadium or by phone at 480-727-0000.

The Sun Devils will travel to sixth-ranked LSU on Sept. 10 for a 7:45 CT/5:45 MST game against the Tigers on ESPN.

ASU enters the season on a seven-game win streak at Frank Kush Field, as it went 6-0 last year. It marked just the second undefeated home record in the past 18 seasons, joining the 7-0 Sun Devils' 1996 Pac-10 champion squad in that time.

ASU, picked to finish third by the Pac-10 media this year, returns preseason All-Americans Derek Hagan and Zach Miller along with 2004 Sun Bowl MVP Sam Keller. The Sun Devils finished last year ranked 19th in the final Associated Press poll and 20th in the final Coaches' Poll.

ASU will train at Camp Tontozona Aug. 9-19. It opens on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. against Temple.

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