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Word out of Tempe is the Arizona State University campus is buzzing with activity.

Has it been caused by the exciting news that ASU professor Ed Prescott has been awarded the prestigious 2004 Noble Prize in Economic Sciences?

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At Camp Tontozona in August, Andrew Walker fine-tuned his quarterbacking skills.

Or maybe the stir centered on the Wednesday debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry at Grady Gammage Auditorium?

Nope, sources tell me the campus commotion focuses on the unbeaten Sun Devil football team's (5-0) PAC-10 showdown against the No. 1 ranked Southern California Trojans (5-0). Kick off is 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

For those not lucky enough to be clutching one of the 90,000-plus tickets that have been sold, the game will be televised nationally on ABC.

More than 15,000 gold-clad Devil's disciples, including PHS coach Mike Loutzenheiser and myself, will be in the fabled Coliseum rooting for ASU.

If your not bleeding Wildcat red, it's almost impossible not to cheer for the Devils who are about the only sports team in Arizona that is on any type of winning streak.

The Diamondbacks are awful, the Suns stumbled through last season and the Cardinals pulled the unimaginable by blowing a 28-12 lead in the final minutes of Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

About three months ago, the Devils spent two weeks at Camp Tontozona gearing up for a season that is starting to smell a little bit like roses.

Those grueling practices in the high country appear to be paying off.

ASU enters tomorrow's game as a huge underdog against the defending national champion Trojans.

But on Sept. 21, 1996, the Devils were a 24-point underdog to the two-time defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Huskers entered the game against ASU with a string of 37 straight regular season victories.

The Trojans are currently on a 14-game winning streak.

Against Nebraska, Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman led the Devils to a 19-0 victory. Plummer now quarterbacks the Denver Broncos but rifle-armed Andrew Walter nixed an NFL offer to return to ASU for his senior season.

At ASU, Jake wore uniform No. 16. Walter wears No. 16.

Tomorrow in LA, maybe it's time for a little Devil deja vu all over again.

Way to go, Snake!

Hoorah for Jake Plummer's decision to continue to wear the No. 40 helmet decal that honors Pat Tillman.

Every player in the NFL wore the decals during the second game of the season as a tribute to Tillman, an Army Ranger killed in Afghanistan.

Plummer left the decal on his helmet the following week causing the boneheaded NFL executives to threaten to fine him a reported $10,000 a game if he didn't remove it.

At first, The Snake said he'd take it off and find another way to honor his former ASU and Cardinal teammate.

But just seconds before taking the field Sunday against Carolina, Jake stuck the decal back on his Denver Bronco helmet.

Plummer told a local newspaper reporter he knows he's going to get fined but he felt like it was the right thing to do.

Let's hope the NFL fat cats use their common sense and allow Jake to continue to honor his fallen friend and teammate.

GVP stocked

The lakes at Green Valley Park were stocked with trout this week. The lakes will be stocked every three weeks through mid-May.

For more information call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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