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First Glance - Texas A&M vs. Arizona State (Game Notes, Connections, Radio, TV)

"I'm sure Todd Graham will be real excited to come here since he's the head coach at Arizona State and we just snatched the two best players out of their state two years in row..." -Kevin Sumlin at Houston Coach's Night (7-19-15)

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How bout a little flashback Friday matchup with the Sun Devils #BTHOasu
How bout a little flashback Friday matchup with the Sun Devils #BTHOasu

What You Need To Know

  • Tickets for this game are still available through the 12th Man Foundation and Ticketmaster
  • Texas A&M is receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today polls.
  • Arizona State is preseason #15 in the AP poll and preseason #16 in the USA Today poll.
  • Arizona State is coming off of a 10-3 season last year. The Sun Devils were 6-3 in the Pac-12 and ended the year with a 36-31 victory over Duke in the Sun Bowl.
  • Texas A&M is 1-0 at NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium). The Aggies topped Northwestern 33-22 in the 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.
  • NRG Stadium has a capacity of 71,054.

Association of Former Students Events

  • Midnight Yell will be held at City Centre.
  • All-Aggie Tailgate will be held in the NRG Green Lot from 2:00-5:30pm and is free.
  • For more information and maps, visit the Association of Former Students website.

Historical Notes

  • This is the first matchup between the Aggies and Sun Devils.
  • ASU was founded on March 12, 1885.
  • Over 82,000 students are enrolled at Arizona State
  • ASU has won 23 NCAA team championships.

Campus Connections

  • While coaching at Allen High School, current ASU Head Coach Todd Graham served as an instructor for R.C. Slocum's summer camps at Texas A&M
  • Tim Cassidy is the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Football for Arizona State. Cassidy spent 23 years working at Texas A&M, including four as the Associate Athletic Director for Football.
  • Bob Connelly was a Graduate Assistant at Texas A&M in 1998 and was the Assistant Coach Offensive Line at Arizona State until 2012.
  • Chris Ball, ASU's co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach was a graduate assistant at Washington State alongside Kevin Sumlin (they were roommates).
  • Shawn Slocum, ASU's Special Teams/Outside Linebackers coach is the son of former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum.

Famous ASU Students

  • Pat Tillman
  • Al Michaels
  • Nick Nolte
  • James Harden
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Barry Bonds
  • Phil Mickelson


  • Game time: 6:00 pm CT
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Broadcast team: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe


  • Texas A&M Sports Network (Full list HERE)
  • Texas A&M Spanish Network (Radio stations in San Antonio, Houston, El Paso and McAllen, Texas)
  • SiriusXM 134 / 190
  • Westwood One (National)

Post your thoughts and comments on the matchup below, and check back tomorrow for THE TAILGATE.