The Arizona Wildcats return to the Rose Bowl for the first time since being demolished 66-10 by the UCLA Bruins two years ago.
This Arizona team is much different than that one, and there is a real opportunity in front of it to take control of the Pac-12 South with ASU and Utah playing each other this week.
The musical selection for UCLA week has been a no-brainer for me since the beginning of the year. Remember when Kevin Love was at UCLA, and every single time they were on TV, the announcers thought they were being original by mentioning that his uncle is Mike Love of the Beach Boys.
BRINGING BACK BEACH BOYS-UCLA TIES!
There are sooooo many songs to choose from this week for the Three Keys, so let's take a trip down to Kokomo, in our little 409, with Barbara Ann, to try and explain how Arizona will win this game.
1. Good Vibrations
This has very little to do with actual football and more to do with the feeling surrounding this team. Rich Rodriguez addressed it a little bit on Wednesday, saying that he feels a chemistry with this team that he hasn't seen with many other teams, and that the players "care for each other". Going on the road with this team unity only helps the chances that Arizona comes away with another road win. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the road this year, and are 9-6 away from Arizona Stadium since RichRod came to Tucson.
2. The Man With All The Toys
This is one way to describe the situation Anu Solomon finds himself in this year. Also, it's another way to describe Arizona's injury situation this week, which does not include any players on the offensive side of the ball. There is no reason that Arizona doesn't have at least nine different guys with a catch, and three different guys with a rushing attempt by the end of this game. By simply spreading the wealth around throughout the game, Arizona will score enough points to counteract the likely success UCLA will have running the ball.
3. Catch A Wave
While I'm on the topic of UCLA's running game, making tackles on the Bruin running backs is sort of important I guess. In this case, whoever the UCLA running back is (Paul Perkins, Myles Jack, etc.) is the wave, and the Arizona defensive linemen and linebackers will be the ones trying to catch them and bring them down before they crest. According to ESPN's Ted Miller, UCLA is the best in the Pac-12 running in between the tackles, which happens to be where Arizona usually stinks. Fix that problem Wildcat D-linemen.