Todd Graham (USA Today)

Game Week: ASU Facts and Factors

Sep. 29 -- The road team has won the last three games in the series, and the two teams are evenly split in the last 8 meetings...

•  UCLA returns home to face Arizona State in the Rose Bowl Saturday at 4:30 for its Pac-12 home opener, with the game being televised by FOX.

• The Bruins (4-0, 1-0) moved up to #7 in the AP and #10 in the Coaches Poll after their victory over Arizona in Tucsion, 56-30.

• The Sun Devils fell to 2-2 and 0-1 in conference after a pretty dismal loss to USC, 42-14.

• UCLA leads the all-time series between the two schools in football, 19-11-1.   The two teams are 4-4 in the last eight match-ups. When the series started in 1976, UCLA initially went 9-1-1 against the Sun Devils.

• Last year UCLA ran over ASU in Tempe, 62-27.  In 2013, ASU beat UCLA in the Rose Bowl, 38-33, but UCLA beat ASU in Tempe in 2012, 45-43, on a last-second 33-yard field goal by Ka’imi Fairbairn.

• The road team has won the last three games in the series, and five of the last eight. 

• ASU is 15-21-1 all-time in Pac-12 road openers. 

• If UCLA beats ASU, it will be the first time the Sun Devils have started the first five games of the season with a losing record since 2010, and the first time under coach Todd Graham. 

• The win against Arizona was UCLA’s fifth straight over a ranked opponent. The last time UCLA had a longer streak against ranked opponents was in 1997-1998.

• With UCLA being ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll, it marks the third straight year the Bruins had made an appearance in the top 10 of the poll.  It hasn’t done that since 1989.

• Todd Graham (50) is in his 4th season in Tempe, posting a 30-14 record in that time.  He put together two 10-win seasons in a row in 2013 and 2014, which hasn’t happened at ASU since 1972 (Coach Frank Kush posted four in a row, in an era when teams played one less game for the season).   Graham’s 30 victories in four seasons is only the third time an ASU coach has accomplished that.   In 2013, in just his second year, he led ASU to the Pac-12 South Championship, and was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year.  Graham is known for very aggressive, attacking style of defense – along with a flat-top haircut and a penchant for hyperbole about his team and players.

• Of the coaches hired for the 2012 season, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer has the best record at 41-3, with UCLA’s Jim Mora second at 33-11, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin third at 32-11 and Todd Graham fourth at 30-14. Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez is fifth at 29-15.

• UCLA and ASU are among 12 schools in the FBS to be coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons. The others: Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Marshall, Michigan State, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, and Oregon. 

• UCLA’s former wide receiver, Devin Lucien, transferred to Arizona State in the off-season as a graduate transfer.  UCLA graciously released him to a fellow Pac-12 South school, which they didn’t have to do.

• With its win against Arizona, UCLA is 12-1 in the month of September under Jim Mora.

• UCLA receiver Jordan Payton has a caught a pass in a team-best 20 straight games.  After catching seven passes against Arizona, he is now tied for sixth (142 catches) on the all-time UCLA career reception list.

• ASU’s D.J. Foster has caught a pass in 44 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS.

• With its loss against USC last week, ASU is up against it in terms of the Pac-12 South conference race, having to face both UCLA and Utah on the road.

• UCLA is favored by 13 ½ points.

• The weather forecast is for a high of 89 degrees on Saturday in Pasadena, and pretty close to that at game time.



Bruin Report Online Top Stories