Nov 30, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly prior to the game against the Arizona Wildcats in the 87th annual Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State Sun Devils a top sleeper to be in national title mix

The 2014 college football season is still half a year away, but that hasn’t stopped the insatiable quench the country has for college football. With a new postseason format taking place this year, replacing the BCS, the talk of teams who could represent the Final Four is already being discussed as one sleeper team who could play for the game according to Sporting News’ Matt Hayes is the Arizona State Sun Devils.

“The Sun Devils return seven All-Pac-12 players, including sleeper (there’s that word again) Heisman Trophy candidate QB Taylor Kelly and star WR Jaelen Strong. The schedule sets up with critical home games against Pac-12 South Division favorite UCLA (Thursday night) and North Division favorite Stanford at home, and a critical (for impressing the CFP selection committee) non-conference game against Notre Dame also in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils miss heavyweight Oregon this fall in the schedule rotation, and their toughest road game (at USC) comes 10 days after playing UCLA on a Thursday night.”

Any team who will play for the national title will have to navigate a difficult schedule, and while Arizona State’s schedule isn’t exactly by any stretch, it is relatively favorable with their toughest games coming at home and Oregon not on the schedule this year.

If you’re looking for a dark horse pick to be the last one standing it could be Todd Graham’s Sun Devils, especially if Kelly has the Heisman-caliber season most expect.

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