"It's hard for me not to point to the game because we have been talking about winning a championship for two years," Graham said. "I don't think how I act in a week is going to change a whole lot. This is a big game; I can't say that this is not a big game…but I'm not going to act any different than I do any other week."
Right after the win over Oregon State was in the books, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham showed little excitement; his focus was already on preparing for UCLA.
But were Graham and the rest of the team over-looking the Beavers, with the Bruins looming the week after?
"I'll be real honest with you, my feeling last week was I wanted to just get that game won so we could play this one," Graham admitted. "I was really concerned with and really focused with Oregon State, that didn't mean I was looking ahead, but that's just the fact."
Looking ahead or not, the Devils won, and that's all that matters in the end. Now, they're looking at a winner-take-all situation against a UCLA team that's hasn't lost at home yet this season.
The Bruins are in the middle of the pack in most statistical categories up to this point in 2013, but they do score at a very high clip. UCLA is third in the conference in scoring offense (37 PPG), and it looks like they have a new weapon to go along with quarterback Brett Hundley, freshman Myles Jack.
Jack has taken the conference by storm with his play on both sides of the ball in the past couple of games for the Bruins.
In his last game against Washington, Jack plowed his way into the end zone four times. It has been 10 years since a defensive player has scored four touchdowns in one game.
Jack, who originally was just the Bruins' starting outside linebacker, has seen his role on offense increase in the last two games, from six carries against Arizona, to 13 against the Huskies. Now it's the Arizona State defense's turn to try and conjure up a way to contain the outstanding freshman, which won't be an easy task.
"I haven't in a while seen a freshman be able to come in and play like he's played, tremendous," Graham said. "Athleticism on both sides of the football and I mean impressive as a tailback, very impressive runner. I can't remember (a freshman) that has come in and done that. He's a phenomenal athlete and really one of the things about that is that it speaks volume about what his conditioning is to be able to do that."
The man handing the ball off to Jack is no stranger to success. Hundley has the Bruins in prime position to win their third straight Pac-12 South title, the second at which he's been the head signal caller.
The redshirt sophomore is third in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency and is second in the conference in rushing yards by a quarterback with 502. While Graham feels that Oregon State's Sean Mannion could give him a run for his money, Hundley is probably the best quarterback the Devils will have faced up to this point.
"For one he's got a big arm, he throws a very accurate deep ball and does a great job of throwing the ball down the field," Graham said. "Extending plays is the major deal with him, he's just so hard to get a hold of and bring down in the pocket. He does a good job of throwing the ball away, he doesn't take very many sacks. So he is the key to their whole offense.
"I think if you look at the offenses in the league, this is one of the best, as far as explosiveness, receiving corps and backs that can score one-play touchdowns. But obviously we have to get to (Hundley) and not let him feel comfortable and there are a lot of factors that play into that."
Make no mistake about it; this is the biggest game that ASU has played in quite a while. Graham has rejuvenated a program in just his second year as head coach and has the Devils primed for a Rose Bowl run.
"Our guys are pretty business like, but they know the significance of this game," Graham said. "If you want to win the South, you have to beat the team that won it. They've won it the last two years in a row, so we have tremendous respect for that. Our guys that that you have to play your very best game to go into the Rose Bowl an get a win against the defending Pac-12 South Champions."
The game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. PT and will be televised on the FOX network.