The mood within the Arizona State football program could not be more different than it was a year ago.
Instead of a four-game losing streak ahead of a disappointing bowl game, the Sun Devils are on a two-game winning streak that includes a Territorial Cup win over Arizona. Instead of a lame-duck coach, they have a first-year coach who is being credited with reviving the program.
But that mood could be dampened in a hurry if the Devils don't accomplish what they came to San Francisco to accomplish. In Saturday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy, ASU has the chance to capture a crucial win with implications now and into next season, and coach Todd Graham considers anything less a failure.
"We just have one focus: winning," Graham said. "The momentum going into the offseason, these seniors, everything that we're doing to move forward, we have to win. Our preparation has been that."
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