Arizona is preparing for Arizona State this week and although Arizona has gotten the best of the Sun Devils the past few years, Mike Stoops still holds plenty of respect for them.
"This is a much better team obviously than their record indicates," Mike Stoops said of ASU. "They present some unique issues, but there is some carry over. Some of the mistakes we made a week ago I think will help us in preparation for Arizona State."
It would be understandable if Arizona's morale was a bit low heading into the game, but Stoops says he is not worried about the team attitude.
"Beating Arizona State will and always will be a goal of whoever the head coach is here," Stoops said. "We understand the significance and I think there will be a lot of energy and excitement in our players."
In fact, Stoops believes that same frustration can be turned into a positive for this week's contest.
"I think our energy level and our intensity will be there this week," Stoops said. "We understand the importance of the game. We are frustrated and determined at the same time and we need to go out there and compete for 60 minutes and win a rivalry game.
"I think this is a good game. They understand the ramifications and the rivalry. We have to keep our practices short and crisp and make sure our guys are prepared to play mentally."
Stoops ready for ASU
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