BCS Rankings: ASU climbs one place in BCS rankings after Territorial Cup win

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Sun Devils are riding high on a seven-game winning streak and sit just outside the top 10 in the latest BCS rankings.

The Arizona State football team will play for a berth in the Rose Bowl on Saturday, and the Sun Devils will do so as owners of the No. 11 spot in the BCS rankings.

With a 10-2 record and 8-1 mark in Pac-12 conference play, the Sun Devils have impressed voters and climbed in the computer rankings throughout their current seven-game winning streak.

Arizona State was unranked in the first BCS calculations of the year in mid-October, but the Sun Devils have risen to the No. 11 spot with a bevy of quality victories.

On Sunday morning, the Sun Devils were ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press top 25 poll. Arizona State was ranked as high as eighth in the AP poll and as low as 17th by two different AP voters.

Unlike the AP poll, the BCS rankings include the Coaches' poll and the Harris Interactive poll into the final BCS calculations. The Sun Devils were ranked 13th in both the Coaches' poll and the Harris poll released on Sunday.

Arizona State is ranked higher in the BCS rankings than its spot in the human polls because the computer rankings used by the BCS honor the Sun Devils' rigorous schedule.

The Sun Devils' 58-21 victory over the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday evening marked the sixth time that Arizona State has surpassed 50 points on the season.

Arizona State's offense will have its hands full if it wants to hang 50 points on its opponent this weekend. The Sun Devils are hosting the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 Championship game and the winner will represent the conference in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

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