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ESPN's Mark May diminishes ASU's win over Washington

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham makes a call against Washington 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)

It was an important game for both teams.

In fact, last Saturday's game in Tempe was labeled as the most important game of the year by Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian.

For the Arizona State Sun Devils, it was a chance to beat a quality team -- something they had failed to do in previous tries against Notre Dame and Stanford.

The Sun Devils not only won the game, but trounced their visitors from the Pacific Northwest, breezing to a 53-24 win. The ASU defense shut down Washington's Bishop Sankey, who came into the game as the nation's leading rusher. Sankey had just 22 yards on 13 carries.

Impressive, right?

Maybe to some, but not all -- including ESPN college football analyst Mark May.

"Not so fast," May told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 Tuesday. "If you recall what I said last week, I said emotionally, we're going to check and see if (Washington) is ready. Because after being pummeled by Oregon and Stanford in consecutive weeks, two of the better teams in the country, emotionally, they were spent.

"The first couple series, they were OK. After that, as soon as something happened that was bad to them, on the road, they fell apart. They should have, because physically they weren't 100 percent coming off those two games. But on paper, it looks like a good win for Arizona State."

When challenged by Burns, who suggested May was saying that the result was more about UW's failure than it was about ASU's excellence, May responded.

"If they would have played the Washington team before they played Oregon and Stanford, do you really think the outcome would have been the same," he asked.

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School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers

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