First the big news: Todd Graham is back for his second season at Arizona State. OK, there was never any doubt unless you take into account that Graham is college football's equivalent to basketball's Larry Brown. When Graham became Sun Devil coach, it was his fourth Division I-A head coaching gig in seven years. He always has an eye on the next, big thing.
Graham has been a winner at every stop and Tempe is no exception. Arizona State finished 8-5 in his first season and there's a definite uptick in the program. Can the Sun Devils win the Pacific 12 South? Absolutely. But let's revisit this after five games. Arizona State has a cushy opener against Sacramento State, then plays Wisconsin, at Stanford, USC and Notre Dame (at Arlington, Texas). That's a brutal start.
And if the football team doesn't win, there's always Mill Avenue.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore deserved a grander stage to close out his career, but in the era of the Bowl Championship Series, the best the one-loss Broncos could do was a trip to the Las Vegas Bowl for the second year in a row.
Boise State made the most of it by crushing Arizona State, 56-24, in the final game for Sun Devil coach Dennis Erickson.
Watch closely as a boy falls approximately 10 feet over a rail and onto a tarp at Sun Devil Stadium during Friday's UCLA-Arizona State game at Tempe. Thankfully, he did not appear to be seriously hurt. Thanks to Larry Brown Sports.
Arizona State took the field for Saturday night's game against Stanford needing a victory to keep its bowl hopes alive. The Sun Devils pushed the No. 6 Cardinal to the limit, but Stanford held on for a 17-13 victory. Image of Sport, the sports photography wire service for daily newspapers and editorial publications, was in Tempe and you can view additional images from the game by clicking here.