Following up their 2014 Pac-12 South title, the Arizona Wildcats have had an up-and-down 2015 campaign.
Entering this edition of the Territorial Cup rivalry, Rich Rodriguez's unit enters boasting the second-best rushing offense in the Pac-12, powered by three starting-caliber running backs. In fact, despite not having the most high-powered offense in the conference, the Wildcats enter the game third in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.
It will be interesting to see how this clash unfolds, especially when noting ASU comes in with the second-best rush defense in the Pac-12; the matchup in the trenches could be vital in determining who wins this one.
Still, there are plenty of talented players on both sides of the ball for ASU's dreaded rival from the South. Below, we take a look at five in particular who could have an impact on how this season's game goes down.
*Anu Solomon, QB—No. 12 (Sophomore, RS)
The redshirt-sophomore has battled injuries over the course of the season, but has still proven to be integral to the success of the Wildcats offense.
Having thrown for 2,061 yards, 16 touchdowns and just three interceptions, Solomon is capable of taking over a game through the air, and through nearly two seasons has displayed ability to do so on multiple occasions.
Despite Arizona's penchant for running the football in 2015, Solomon poses as a threat to be the focal point of the Wildcats offense, especially when considering the playmakers in place around him, including Johnny Jackson and Samajie Grant (who caught a 45-yard TD against Utah last week).
Soloman suffered a concussion last week against Utah and there is a chance he does not play this week.
Nick Wilson, RB—No. 28 (Sophomore)
After an impressive true freshman season, Wilson enters this year's contest having totaled 691 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground for the Wildcats this year.
Wilson leads what is a three-headed monster featured out of the Arizona backfield. Considering the type of day that he had against the Sun Devils defense last season, you can figure that Todd Graham will have his defense focused ahead of matching up with Wilson this time around.
Cayleb Jones, WR—No. 1 (Junior, RS)
Through 10 games, Jones has caught 41 passes for 539 yards and three touchdowns.
He currently ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in receptions per game and is eighth in receiving yards per game.
Quietly, the redshirt junior has had a very solid career in Tuscon, and is one of the most underrated pass catchers in all of college football when considering his size and leaping ability.
Jared Baker, RB—No. 23 (Senior, RS)
Baker has been a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats this year.
After entering 2015 with only 326 career rushing yards in 36 games, Baker has rushed for 622 yards and totaled 91 receiving yards through nine games.
He is currently eighth in the conference in rushing yards ahead of this week's matchup.
Will Parks, S—No. 11 (Senior)
Parks entered the year considered as one of the top defensive backs in the Pac-12.
Through 11 games, the senior has racked up 59 tackles (38 solo, 4.5 for loss), including 7 pass breakups with 7 pass defended, and has forced two fumbles.