Printed on: December 29, 2012
Clash of styles for ASU, Midshipmen
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Arizona State contends with a variety of offenses in the Pac-12 conference.
From the Air Raid at Washington State to the power running game at Stanford to the pro styles at Southern California to the fast-paced option at Oregon.
None of that will prepare the Sun Devils (7-5) for what they will face today in the Fight Hunger Bowl when they take on Navy (8-4) and its vaunted triple-option running attack.
\\\"Honestly it\\\'s totally different from everything we\\\'ve seen all season,\\\" linebacker Brandon Magee said.
Navy is sixth in the nation in rushing with 275.6 yards per game and has won seven of eight games heading into the bowl matchup against the Sun Devils.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham said he would have been \\\"miserable\\\" if this game was in the regular season and he only had a few days to prepare.
The Sun Devils have gone to unusual measures in their preparation, using cornerback Robert Nelson as the scout team quarterback simulating running plays.
Navy has become more difficult since making a switch to freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds.
Reynolds led a comeback win against Air Force that helped Navy get out of the hole of a 1-3 start has not looked back ever since.
Fight Hunger Bowl Glance
Arizona State (7-5)
vs. Navy (8-4)
Time: 2 p.m. (ESPN2) at AT&T Park, San Francisco
Line: Arizona St. by 141/2
Series Record: First meeting
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Arizona State is looking to finish off the first season under coach Todd Graham on a high note by snapping a three-game bowl losing streak and winning a postseason game for the first time since 2005. Navy did not make it to a bowl last year.
Arizona State run defense vs. Navy triple option. The unorthodox offensive attack for the Midshipmen should test the Sun Devils' defense which ranked 75th against the run this season. Navy is sixth in the nation with 275.6 yards rushing per game and has three players with more than 600 yards rushing this season.