October 22, 2007

Erickson downplays ASU's climb up BCS ladder

As a result of the bye week, Arizona State altered its schedule, resulting in a rare Sunday practice. It was a short workout, and afterward, coach Dennis Erickson spoke with reporters about a number of subjects, including what it means to be slotted 4th in the Week 9 BCS Rankings, and which ASU injured players may be ready to play versus Cal.

On whether he felt his team accomplished its bye week goals:

"We had a couple goals going in. One obviously was to heal up and rest and we were able to do that. And then we got a lot of our young players some practice time and saw them improve quite a bit. Then we were out recruiting and we had a little scrimmage on Thursday. We had a little preparation for Cal on Thursday and usually we don't practice on Sundays but we did this week. You never know. Hopefully it was a good 'bye.' I guess we won't know until Saturday."

On whether it matters to him that Cal has lost two in a row coming into this game on Saturday:

"I don't think it makes any difference one way or the other. It's going to be the same team coming in here irregardless. They're one of the better teams in the country and they happen to have stumbled a couple of times but that's happened all over the country. But they're a good football team, by far the best we've played. It's going to be a real challenge to see how we compare with the elite in the Pac-10, I guess."

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