It's been more about Hugh Freeze demanding more of his own players than worrying about who they are playing.
The first year ASU Head Coach has down played the fact that he has coached in the Memphis High School system for 13 years, he has admitted that personally because of his family's friendship a win against the visitors would be a little special.
Freeze has had the chance to study under some great head coaches, one head coach that gave him some advise that he is taking under consideration this week.
"I went out and spent some time with Pete Carroll at USC at the time," Freeze remembers. "He told me when I became a college head coach not to make one game anymore important than any of the others. Not to get emotional and not allow emotions to make one game more important than the others. That's what I'm trying to do this week."
Freeze re-watched the game film with the local Touchdown Club meeting Wednesday at Noon, he teased that he gets sick every time he watches it. After seeing it from the eyes for the head coach, his sickness is understandable.
"Some coaches can say that they had a touchdown go through their receivers hands, I definitely can say that and prove it," Freeze said in reference to a couple of miss passes in Saturday's game against Illinois. "We dropped two for sure touchdowns, you can't do that on the road and against a bigger more physical ballclub."
Freeze has been avid all week that he had to correct the issues with his team more so than worrying about who they were playing this week.
"We have to fix the things we are doing wrong," Freeze said. "I have pushed them very hard this week. They have to realize that they have to demand more of themselves to expect better things from themselves and this team."
Make no mistake about it, Freeze would love to win this week's home opener against Memphis. He plans on making sure his team believes they can win this game against Memphis or whoever they play next. If they fix their problems that they had Saturday, that's very much possible.
Freeze has praised his teams the last two days of practice, he loves their efforts and loves their attitude, now he wants to love how they play on the field Saturday.