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September 30, 2006 at 4:57 PM

Big game for Arizona, too

It’s really hot here, but the field is in the shade as I write this at 5 p.m. and I don’t think the heat will be an overwhelming factor tonight.
What will be is the intensity that Arizona is likely to bring as this is being portrayed as a make-or-break game for the Wildcats and third-year coach Mike Stoops.
This piece from venerable Tucson columnist Greg Hansen today calls it the biggest game in Stoops’ Arizona career.
Stoops is just 8-18 which is worse than the man he replaced, John Mackovic, who was 10-16 at the same point in his career. Granted, Stoops had to pick up for the mess Mackovic left behind, but at some point, that excuse ends, and that’s where UA fans are hoping it’s today. After this game, Arizona has three of its next four on the road and four of its next six, including trips to UCLA, Washington State and Oregon.
As for the Huskies, it’s almost hard to believe the opportunity that awaits them. Arizona State and Oregon State each looked just awful today, and UW gets each of them at home, games the Huskies might even be favored to win right now. With Stanford as the other home game, six wins suddenly seems there for the taking. Win tonight, and simply finishing .500 might be a disappointment.

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