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Devils billboard blast back

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State's Athletic Department is firing back at rival Arizona who two years launched a billboard campaign declaring the state as "Wildcat Country".

ASU purchased billboard space this summer at the corner of Speedway and Swan in Tucson for it's "Stay True to ASU" campaign that featured freshman All-American running back D.J. Foster.

Tucson News Now's David Kelly sat down with Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham and asked him about the message his university is trying to send.

Arizona State is getting a late start to its second season under coach Graham.

While the rest of college football got the season started last week, the Sun Devils had a bye before Thursday night's game against Sacramento State.

Arizona State has a difficult schedule after its opener, but can't afford to look past the Hornets.

Sacramento State beat Oregon State in 2011 and Colorado in 2012, joining two-time champion North Dakota State as the only FCS schools to beat FBS teams each of the last two seasons.

Still, it will be tough for the Hornets against the Sun Devils.

Arizona State routed Northern Arizona in its only game against an FCS team last season and Sac State opened this season with a 24-0 loss to San Jose State.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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