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ASU Best Teams: No. 2 2008 Softball vs. No. 7 1972-73 Football

Will football upset again?

Photos by Sun Devil Athletics

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 12 2018-19 Hockey beat No. 4 1974-75 MBB in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 2 2008 Softball vs. No. 7 1972-73 Football

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 2 2008 Softball

Record: 66-5, Pac-10 Champions, Women’s College World Series Champions

Head coach: Clint Myers

Notable players: Kaitlyn Cochran, Katie Burkhart, Krista Donnenwirth, Lesley Rogers, Jackie Vasquez

The rundown: Led by legendary head coach Clint Myers, the 2008 team is perhaps the greatest softball team Tempe has ever seen. With players like Katie Burkhart and Kaitlyn Cochran the team was nearly unstoppable. Pac-10 champions with an 18-3 conference record, the team rode a #6 national seed all the way to glory. An 11-0 WCWS clinching game victory was one of the largest deficits in women’s college World Series history. The most wins ever in a season for ASU, this squad earned the first national championship in school history. Five Sun Devils made the all-tournament, Burkhart took home the honor as the Most Outstanding Player.

No. 7 1972-73 Football

Record: 10-2, Won Fiesta Bowl over Missouri 49-35, finished season ranked at No. 13

Head coach: Frank Kush

Notable players: Danny White, Woody Green, Steve Holden

The rundown: In legendary coach Frank Kush’s 15th season with ASU, the Sun Devils won their fourth consecutive conference championship (Western Athletic Conference). The team began the season ranked at No. 13 in the nation. After reaching double-digit wins and earning a Fiesta Bowl championship, thevSun Devils concluded their season at No. 13. ASU had the highest scoring average in the nation, as the potent run-first offense led by running back Woody Green tallied 46.8 points per game. During Green’s sophomore season with the Devils, the future Kansas City Chiefs’ tailback rushed for 1,363 yards on an impressive 6.5 yards per carry, scoring 15 touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Danny White wasn’t stellar in his second year as the team’s signal-caller, but ended the season with a 143.6 quarterback rating as he threw 21 touchdowns to 15 interceptions.

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