The Sun Devils finished the 2014 season with a 6-3 conference record and an impressive 9-3 overall record. With statement wins over Notre Dame and USC, Arizona State has a national profile that could land them in a solid bowl game this year, after losing to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl a season ago. So where will ASU play this season?
Valero Alamo Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Big 12)
Fri., Jan. 2, 3:45 p.m. PT
Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
The Sun Devils are one of possibly three Pac-12 teams to land in San Antonio, along with UCLA and USC. With ASU and UCLA essentially even in terms of resume, the Sun Devils may get the advantage based on a potentially larger crowd turnout. Finishing ahead of the Trojans means the Sun Devils will have priority over USC for the Alamo Bowl consideration.
Holiday Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Big Ten)
Sat., Dec. 27, 5:00 p.m. PT
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Again, Arizona State is going to be one of a trio along with UCLA and USC for the Holiday Bowl bid. One of the LA teams may have a slight edge due to proximity to the San Diego area (less than three hours away), although the Sun Devils are just about five hours away, so distance may not be a huge factor here - but ASU appeared in this game last year, which could be factor in selection.
Sun Bowl (Pac-12 vs. ACC)
Sat., Dec. 27, 11 p.m. PT
Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX
If the Sun Devils miss out on the Alamo Bowl and Holiday Bowl, they could land in El Paso for the Sun Bowl. It seems likely that Stanford gets selected for the Foster Farms Bowl since they would essentially be playing in their own backyard in Santa Clara. That would leave the Sun Devils available for this game, likely bumping a team like Utah out of this spot.