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Updated Nov 26, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Wildcats QB B.J. Denker on ASU: 'I hope they're ready for us; they need to be'

Arizona's starting quarterback B.J. Denker (7) hands off the ball to Ka'Deem Carey (25) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Wily Low)
The Arizona Wildcats are fresh off a big upset win over No. 5 Oregon as they get ready to face rival Arizona State for the Territorial Cup Saturday.

Wildcats quarterback B.J. Denker told Arizona Sports 620's Burns & Gambo Tuesday what UA has riding on its upcoming game at Sun Devil Stadium.

"I don't think that there should be any motivational factor, except for the fact that they're Arizona State. That should be enough," the quarterback said. "Obviously, we want to take that cup back to Tucson, and they've got a lot riding on that game. But we're just focusing on trying to go into Phoenix, going up north, and take care of business and bring the cup home for our fans."

Denker said he doesn't know what kind of credence the Sun Devils are placing on the matchup, but was confident the Wildcats will give them a competitive game.

"It'll make it sweeter if we win, definitely, to ruin a little bit of their party" the 6-foot-3 senior said. "You know, I can't say how their focus is up there (in Tempe), but I hope they're ready for us; they need to be."

Denker said the Sun Devils better look out for star Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey, who was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Monday after carrying the ball 48 times for 206 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Oregon.

"He's our workhorse. He's a special guy," the quarterback said. "And the crazy thing is he could have went for another 10 carries (against Oregon); that's how physically dominant he is.

"He's just a great football player, and I'm honored to play next to him and hand him the football. He's incredible."

As for what he expects from ASU's defense on Saturday, Denker said he thinks the Sun Devils will "load up the box" to stop Carey. Even if the defense does that, Denker said, it may still have a tough time stopping the Wildcats running back and it might open up UA's passing game.

"I feel like if our offensive line takes care of business up front and does what they can do and what they should do," he said, "Ka'Deem will get a lot of touches, I'll get a lot of opportunities with my feet, and that's going to put 1-on-1 coverage outside. And I'll take our receivers over their DBs any day; I've got so much confidence in those boys."

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School: ASU

Started with Bonneville Phoenix: June 2013

Moved to Arizona: Summer of '93 -- right after Suns' run to the Finals

Favorite sports memory: Staying up late to watch Jake Plummer and ASU shut out top-ranked Nebraska in '96

Favorite all-time athletes: Ben Wallace, Wayman Tisdale, Pat Tillman

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams, White Men Can't Jump, Happy Gilmore

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