Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The Pac-12 released its 2013 football schedules Thursday, giving Arizona State a better idea of how it must navigate what could be one of the toughest schedules in the nation. In all, eight of ASUs 2013 opponents played in bowl games this past season (including the BCS national championship game and the Rose Bowl), two won 12 games and four won at least nine. Coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2012, the Sun Devils will open the season at home against Sacramento State on Sept. 7. The first big test comes quickly, though, as ASU hosts defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin the following week. Things don't get any easier in Week 3, as ASU jumps into Pac-12 play early with a road game against defending conference and Rose Bowl champion Stanford, which finished the season ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. ASU returns home the following week to host USC before heading to Arlington, Texas, to play Notre Dame at Cowboys Stadium. After losing t...
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