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ASU Vs. Mizzou: Here Come The Men In Black

Clap, clap. Sing it if you recall the words to Will Smith's "Men In Black."

The Sun Devils can hardly wait to don the all-black gear for Friday night's game against No. 19 Missouri. The last time the Tigers -- who have long used black as part of their color scheme -- were at Sun Devil Stadium, they lost the Bowl to Iowa 27-24 last December.

But never mind Mizzou. It's about to be Blackout Friday for Arizona State, the Devils' chance to show the nation they are a much better team than last season. To shine in dark colors. 

"It's something I've been dreaming about for a while," quarterback Brock Osweiler said after Wednesday's practice. "I think I have a decent picture of what it might look like but I know when I come out of the tunnel for the first time, it's probably going to blow my mind."

Wearing black is something that isn't truly new to the Devils. During preseason camp and ever since January, the team wore black at Friday workouts, practices and weightlifting sessions. They'd even turn off the lights in the weight room, receiver Mike Willie said.

"It's kind of something with the age of kids now or something," Osweiler said when asked about the appeal of wearing black, "but we all really do like all black. It's something that I wore in high school, we wore all black, and so it's good to get back into it and I kind of feel at home with all-black."

Osweiler was asked more questions about wearing black than about game preparation. But he did say that the keys to victory are limiting the turnover and penalties.

"If we can keep those at a minimum, I think we'll be all right," he said. 

Osweiler didn't offer a prediction for the game, but wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad said ASU would win 42-28.

"I don't know if it will be that high-scoring, but I like to think that, being an offensive player," Pflugrad said.