Posted by Sun Devil P.A.T. on April 20, 20 at 13:27:32:
In Reply to: Re: Teams We've Never Played Before posted by Oldtimer on April 20, 20 at 11:37:29:
...I wouldn't be surprised if he'd said that about ASU. There was no upside for teams like Alabama to play ASU back in the 1960's & 70's. The bottom line is ASU was a good football team playing in the WAC. People didn't want to play them, especially, if they were from a power conference. Those who did, were usually "bottom feeders" in that conference. Teams like Oregon State, Washington State, Kansas State, TCU, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Minnesota agreed to play ASU. The Sun Devils usually beat them.
The big boys didn't want anything to do with playing ASU, just like they don't want to play a team like Boise State today. Boise State is a good football team, but teams don't want to play them because if they lose, like Florida State did this season, they are criticized for losing to a team from a non-Power 5 conference.
So, I don't know if Bear Bryant said that or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did, there was nothing to gain for Alabama to play ASU in those days. Go Sun Devils!
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