The Arizona State Sun Devils dropped their third-straight Pac-12 game to Oregon State on Saturday, but head coach Todd Graham thinks it's not time for fans to abandon the program. ASU looked to be improved following a 5-1 start, but has not won since and has missed on opportunities to take control of the division race.
Arizona State would need plenty of help to advance to the Pac-12 championship game now, as they are one game behind UCLA for the division lead, with the Bruins holding the tiebreaker. Graham was asked about fans who may be getting discouraged by the drop from the top of the conference on Monday, and he said the players should give the fans good reason to stay positive, according to thesundevils.com:
We've had three tough weeks here but let's get to the end of the season and we'll evaluate where we're at. Just don't give up on us. I can guarantee that there's no give up in our guys. We had our team run yesterday and without any input from me the kids just circled up by themselves and they started talking about the commitment. They talked about recommitting themselves. They talked about competing for a championship, getting this thing back and pulling together. I was very impressed by that because it was not something I did.
The Sun Devils will try to end their three-game skid when they visit the USC Trojans on Saturday. The Trojans have fallen on similar hard times, with losses to Arizona and Oregon in back-to-back weeks.