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Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier (82) makes the catch as Washington defensive back Will Shamburger (13) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State won 53-24. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Steve Patterson joins us to talk about this weeks game against Washington State.

At 5-2 overall with a 3-1 mark in the Pac-12, the Arizona State Sun Devils sit atop the Pac-12 South standings.

Yet, even though they just dismantled then-20th ranked Washington by a score of 53-24, they also find themselves outside of the top 25 in the polls.

Asked about his team's exclusion, ASU athletic director Steve Patterson told Arizona Sports 620's Bickley with Marotta he feels the Devils have played well enough to be included.

"It's tough to get up there," he said. "It's tough if you've got two losses right now, but you beat the number 20 team in the country.

"Notre Dame was ranked at the beginning of the year, USC was ranked at the beginning of the year."

Patterson noted that ASU is 26th in the AP Top 25 Poll, so it is not as if the team is struggling for recognition.

Rankings or not, Patterson said the goal is for the Sun Devils to win the Pac-12 South and then a couple postseason games. Do that, and they'll definitely be ranked appropriately.

"I'd like to see us be back up there in the rankings," he said. "I think we ought to be."

Adam Green, Web Content Editor - ArizonaSports.com

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