ASU Sun Devils Schedule: Showdowns With Oregon, Illinois Headline Home Games

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22: The Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky runs on the field before the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas against the Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 56-24. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Previewing Arizona State's football schedule for 2012.

The Arizona State Sun Devils were not ranked as the AP released its top 25 poll on Saturday morning, but that doesn't mean the program is not in for some great games in Todd Graham's first year. ASU plays a total of 12 games this upcoming season, six at home and six on the road.

There are two key out-of-conference games early in the year. After a winnable game with NAU gets the season started, the Illinois Fighting Illini come to Tempe for a Big 10 vs. Pac-12 showdown. This game presents the Sun Devils with a chance to get their revenge after losing to Illinois last season. ASU then travels to Missouri to take on one of the SEC's newest teams. That figures to be a very tough road game in Columbia as the Tigers look for revenge of their own.

Pac-12 play opens with a home game with Utah, followed by road games at California and Colorado. The Sun Devils then return home for a showdown with No. 5 ranked Oregon and their dynamic offensive attack.

The toughest game of the season for ASU will come in mid-November against the USC Trojans. They were ranked No. 1 by the AP in their preseason poll and a trip to SoCal is never an easy one.

The team plays their final home game of the year against Washington State, which beat the Devils last season in Pullman. Arizona St. then heads south to take on the Wildcats for the regular season finale.

Here is the full schedule:

8/30 - Northern Arizona
9/8 - Illinois
9/15 - @ Mizzou
9/22 - Utah
9/ 29 - @ California
10/11 - @ Colorado
10/18 - #5 Oregon
10/27 - UCLA
11/3 - @ Oregon State
11/10 - @ #1 USC
11/17 - Washington State
11/23 @ Arizona

For more on the Sun Devils, check out House of Sparky.

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