ASU, you don't know Jack (Kerouac)!

ASU's Chris Coyle looking on as Bruins celebrate a victory at the Rose Bowl (2011). - Stephen Dunn

Let me clarify.

The "Jack" I'm referring to is Kerouac (not Myles), and the "you don't know" isn't intended as a knock on ASU's superlative academic reputation (a degree from ASU is better than no degree . .. I suppose).

I'm a child of the 70's/80's so my affinity with Mr. Kerouac is purely academic, but from what I have gathered over the years, this dude was a pioneer and iconoclast of the Beat Generation (Fox, feel free to elaborate). Jack K's most heralded artistic endeavor was a book loosely based on his travels and experiences called "On The Road" (penned in the 40's and published in 1957), with its protagonists living life against a backdrop of jazz, poetry and drug use. Wait, that actually does sound like ASU . .. but I digress.

I'm having difficulty coming up with a clever, yet cantankerous segue (which is my style) here, so let me cut to the chase. Despite what the pundits and gamblers seem to think, ASU will not beat UCLA this weekend . . . not because one team is particularly better than the other as they are pretty evenly matched . . . but because ASU does not win on the road.

Unlike UCLA, which until this week seems to have spent the entire season away from the friendly confines of the RB (with losses solely against two top 10 teams in games that were winnable), this is only ASU's 4th road game of the year . . . a loss at then #5 'Furd, a win a WSU, and, most recently, a squeaker which was more of a Utah loss than a ASU victory as the Utes choked away a sure win. Yet, ASU is favored on the road against UCLA.

ASU performed similarly in 2012 on the road, with losses at a strong Missouri squad, then #11 Oregon State, and then #19 $UC. Like 2013, their road wins were against the Pac-12s bottom dwellers (Cal and Colorado), though they did beat their instate rival (then ranked #24) in Tucson. The only ranked team ASU has beaten on the road in the last two years is Arizona, yet they are favored against UCLA.

In 2011, ASU was 1-4 on the road, with its only victory at Utah. In fact, dating back to 2008 before anyone on this team ever set foot on the Tempe campus, ASU HAS ONLY WON TWICE ON THE ROAD AGAINST RANKED TEAMS (both of which being Arizona). Yet, ASU is favored on the road against #14 UCLA.

Its extremely tough to win on the road in conference . . . just ask Oregon and Stanford whose combined three losses are on the road. Yet, the pundits, soothsayers, sages, shamans and tweeters all think ASU is the better team, and that UCLA will not be able to "upset" this bedeviled juggernaut.

History says otherwise . . . and ASU is doomed to repeat history on the road.

UCLA 42 ASU 24.


<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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