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What to watch out for as the Arizona Wildcats take on ASU for the Territorial Cup | National

Here are three things to watch at the Arizona Wildcats’ annual Territorial Cup game vs. Arizona State at Arizona Stadium (Friday 1pm FS1), plus a scoring prediction and some relevant preview links:


Eighteen Wildcats are expected to attend the pre-game Senior Day ceremony. We have received the list which is subject to change. It does not include two players who are ineligible to play: defensive end Jalen Harris and linebackers Jerry Roberts. Harris left Senior Day last year but decided to return for one final season. Some of the players running Friday could return to Arizona in 2023 or go and play elsewhere. Here is the list in alphabetical order: RB Drake AndersonDT Kyon BarrRB Nazar BombataRB Jason ButlerQB Sagittarius Cruzupstairs Josh DonovanEN Hunter EcholsOT Paiton fearsWR Jamary CarpenterTE Issaiah Johnsoncb Isaiah MaysEN Jeremy MercierOT Jordan MorganP Kyle Ostendorpcb Christian Roland WallaceS Jaxen TurnerRB Michael WieleyS Christian Young.


The quarterback matchup is fascinating on many levels. Arizona’s Jayden from Laura is past his worst performance as a wildcat. But every time he underperformed, he played some of his best balls the following week. After throwing three interceptions against Mississippi State, de Laura went 71.4% of his shots without a pick against North Dakota State. After throwing two picks at Cal (a game in which he passed 401 yards), de Laura equaled the school record with six TD passes against Colorado. After fumbling against Utah several times, de Laura rushed for 315 yards and two touchdowns against UCLA. What does he have in store for ASU? His opponent, Trenton-Bourguet, comes from Marana; He is believed to be the first QB in the Tucson area to start for the Sun Devils in a Territorial Cup game. Unwanted by his hometown school, Bourguet joined the ASU program as a walk-on. He didn’t start this season as a starter, taking over for Emory Jones about a month ago. It would be an incredible story if Bourguet helped ASU retain the trophy.


Channeling emotion has been a prominent topic for the Wildcats in recent weeks. It’s impossible to tell how much of De Laura’s struggles against Washington State — his former school — had to do with it. But it was undoubtedly a factor. De Laura and receiver Dorian Singer chatted up on the sidelines during that game. Singer failed to finish last year’s Territorial Cup after being kicked out for unsportsmanlike conduct. Football requires intensity and it’s sometimes difficult to walk the line between nervousness and recklessness. UA-ASU play is always emotional and intense. Bottom line, that’s a good thing. Arizona Stadium will be busy Friday afternoon — unlike last Saturday’s game against WSU. There was little energy in the building, and the Wildcats’ performance on the field reflected that. When Arizona doesn’t play well against ASU, it’s not due to any external factors.

BOTTOM LINE: Arizona 38, ASU 27


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Contact sports reporter Michael Lev at [email protected] On Twitter: @michaeljlev

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