TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State officially received its bowl invitation Sunday night from the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which will pit the Sun Devils against Navy on Dec. 29 in San Francisco.
"Very excited, obviously," ASU coach Todd Graham said after the team's practice Sunday night. "It's a great location for us because of our recruiting base to be able to go the Bay Area. California is such an important place for us to recruit.
"And then the team we're playing -- we have the honor of competing against one of the academies."
The Sun Devils (7-5) and Midshipmen have never met on the gridiron. Navy accepted the bid Nov. 3 after a win over Florida Atlantic, as the bowl game has a tie-in with independents Navy and BYU on one side and the Pac-12 on the other.
Navy is 7-4 on the season heading into its game against Army this Saturday. It owns the nation's sixth-ranked rushing attack, with 285.5 yards per game, thanks to its run-heavy triple-option offense. It's passing offense, on the...