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Slumping Sun Devils face last-place rival Arizona

By Bob Baum

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 18 2011 3:04 p.m. MST

TEMPE, Ariz. — Despite consecutive losses on the road, Arizona State remains in the hunt for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game. A loss by the Sun Devils to last-place Arizona in their Territorial Cup matchup Saturday night might end that possibility once and for all.

Just a few weeks ago, Arizona State's berth in the expanded conference's first title game as the Pac-12 South representative seemed almost a foregone conclusion. Then came losses at UCLA and Washington State. Now the Sun Devils (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) need to win and get some help.

An upset victory for Arizona (2-8, 1-7) would be a cherished moment in the Wildcats' otherwise awful season.

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