Dec 7, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Members of the Stanford Cardinal and the Arizona State Sun Devils warm up prior to the game at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

ASU Ranks 19th in Associated Press Top 25 College Football Poll

For all of our ASU football fans, we are excited to report that your team is ranked 19th in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 that came out Sunday.

This is good news for ASU football because this is the first time since 2008 that the Sun Devils have made the preseason list.

In the past, this hasn’t always been a good thing for the Sun Devils. You see, the last six times they made the AP preseason poll (dating back to 1998) they didn’t finish in the final AP Top 25 poll as they were predicted to. It could be a coincidence, or it could be on of those *insert superstition* here.

The argument could  be made that ASU performs better as the underdog than the favorite. The evidence is there to support this idea. Or you could just think nothing of it and minimize it’s validity.

Either way, this much is true: “The Sun Devils – picked to finish third in the Pac-12 South – are intriguing. The team should have one of the Pac-12′s top offenses, yet one of the conference’s more inexperienced defenses. With 11 days before the season opener against Weber State, no one knows for sure how those two elements will combine, or how it will look on the scoreboard.”

There are conditions that need to be thought about. Can ASU out-score everybody while their young defense learns as game clocks tick? Or will senior quarterback Taylor Kelly orchestrate a go-ahead, fourth-quarter touchdown only to watch the defense give up a defeating score in the final minute?

We will soon see how the ASU Sun Devils fare when the season kicks off.

The Sun Devils are ranked 18th in the Amway Coaches Poll (previously known as the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll).

ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25

  1. Florida State (57) 1,496
  2. Alabama (1) 1,361
  3. Oregon (1) 1,334
  4. Oklahoma (1) 1,324
  5. Ohio State 1,207
  6. Auburn 1,198
  7. UCLA 1,106
  8. Michigan State 1,080
  9. South Carolina 1,015
  10. Baylor 966
  11. Stanford 885
  12. Georgia 843
  13. LSU 776
  14. Wisconsin 637
  15. USC 626
  16. Clemson 536
  17. Notre Dame 445
  18. Mississippi 424
  19. Arizona State 357
  20. Kansas State 242
  21. Texas A&M 238
  22. Nebraska 226
  23. North Carolina 194
  24. Missouri 134
  25. Washington 130

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