How, truly, does one measure which is better between Arizona and Arizona State?
Mascots? School colors? Graduation rates? Poorly spelled billboards? So many of those topics can be decided subjectively or skewed to lean one way or the other.
But athletically, the folks at the UA and ASU have found a way to decide this over the past five years: the Territorial Cup Series.
Awarding a point to the winner between the schools each season in 18 commonly played sports, the 2013 cup was actually on the line heading into the final head-to-head competition between the Wildcats and Sun Devils: Sunday's Pac-12 baseball game in Tempe.
When the dust settled, a 1-2-3 game-ending, game-winning double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Arizona a 7-6 win over ASU. The victory gave the UA a 3-2 edge in the season baseball series, and more importantly — to those that care — the deciding point in the Territorial Cup Series to win it 9.5-8.5.
In case you were wondering, here's the sport-by-sport breakdown:
Wins for Arizona (9) - Baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's outdoor track and field, softball, men's swimming, women's swimming
Wins for ASU (8) - Women's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's golf, women's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's soccer, women's tennis
Series ties (1) - Women's volleyball
So, what does winning this cup get Arizona? Besides an actual cup-like trophy? Well, nothing else tangible. Just another piece of ammunition to fire in the ongoing ASU SUCKS war.