Arizona State Football Schedule 2014: Game-by-game breakdown

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Let's look a little deeper at the hand Arizona State football was dealt.

The Pac-12 conference has officially finalized the 2014 football schedule which means that the Arizona State Sun Devils now have dates set for all of next season's matchups.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Sun Devils learned their conference slate for 2014 which includes home dates with UCLA, Utah, Stanford and Washington State as well as road tests against Colorado, USC, Oregon State, Washington and rival Arizona. The full schedule can be found here.

Schedule Breakdown

Arizona State already knew which conference opponents they would face in 2014 prior to today's announcement, but the Sun Devils did not know the order in which they would face them.

The Sun Devils open the season on Thursday Aug. 28 against FCS opponent Weber State. The Wildcats went 2-10 in 2013 including a mark of 1-7 in Big Sky conference play.

After hosting Weber State, Arizona State will hit the road for New Mexico to take on the Lobos in Albuquerque on Saturday Sept. 6. The Lobos hail from the Mountain West conference and finished 3-9 overall in 2013.

Instead of playing a third non-conference game in a row, Arizona State will do what it did this season and play its third game against a Pac-12 opponent. The Sun Devils will travel to Colorado for a date in Boulder on Sept. 13. The Sun Devils' last trip to Colorado ended in a 51-17 drubbing, but Mike MacIntyre's squad has vastly improved under his leadership.

Following the game against the Buffaloes, Arizona State has a bye week but will host UCLA the following week on Thursday Sept. 25 at Sun Devil Stadium. The home contest against UCLA pits the two teams that have battled it out for the Pac-12 South crown the last two seasons.

After playing UCLA, the Sun Devils will travel to USC on 10 days of rest to take on the Trojans in the Coliseum on Oct. 4. Arizona State will then enjoy its second bye week of the season before playing seven games in a row to close out they year.

The Sun Devils host Stanford on Oct. 18 in a rematch of the Pac-12 Championship game before traveling up to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies on Oct. 25.

Arizona State returns home for two straight games including a homecoming date against the Utah Utes on Nov. 1.

Arizona State's third and final non-conference affair will take place on Saturday Nov. 9 against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Fighting Irish come to Tempe on the heels of a 37-34 victory over the Sun Devils in the Shamrock Series in Dallas which took place in October of 2013.

After rounding out the non-conference slate, Arizona State travels to Corvallis to take on Oregon State before returning home for senior day against Washington State on Nov. 22.

The Territorial Cup will take place on the Friday after Thanksgiving this season as Arizona State and Arizona are set to battle in Tucson on Nov. 28.

The Sun Devils will miss both Oregon and California for the second straight year which means Marcus Mariota's Heisman campaign will not include a test against Arizona State's defense.

The Ducks finished the 2013 as the highest ranked Pac-12 team in the final AP poll at No. 9 despite not playing in the conference championship game. The Golden Bears ended their first season under Sonny Dykes at 1-11 and finished 0-9 in conference play.

One of the major differences in Arizona State's 2013 and 2014 schedules is that the Sun Devils will not start the season with a bye. In 2013, Arizona State had an extended layoff at the beginning of the season and coach Todd Graham made it clear that he prefers his team to play in the first week of the season.

The Sun Devils appeared to appease the scheduling gods as they avoid a truly difficult stretch of games. With Notre Dame scheduled in November, the Sun Devils were likely to draw at least two to three difficult opponents in a row. However, Arizona State has a home game with Utah and a road test at Oregon State sandwiched around the Fighting Irish.

Arizona State's 2014 schedule includes five games against opponents that finished in the final AP top 25 for the 2013 season. No. 11 Stanford, No. 16 UCLA, No. 19 USC, No. 21 Notre Dame and No. 25 Washington will all likely start the 2014 season ranked in preseason polls. Fortunately for the Sun Devils, three of those five games take place at home where Arizona State enjoyed a 7-1 record in 2013.

Game times for most of Arizona State's games will depend on contracts that the Pac-12 conference has with different television networks. ABC, ESPN, Fox Sports 1 and the Pac-12 Network will all televise conference games next season.

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