It's been a great ride for the Arizona Wildcats this season, and I like to think all of the success has been thanks to the magical world of 'Three Keys'.
If you're new here, here's a look at what we've done this year when identifying three keys to Arizona taking down each opponent.
UNLV - The Killers
UTSA - Butthole Surfers
Nevada - N/A
Cal - Green Day
Oregon - Mat Kearney
USC - Fitz and the Tantrums
Washington State - Josh Ritter
UCLA - The Beach Boys
Colorado - The Fray
Washington - Death Cab For Cutie
Utah - Imagine Dragons
Arizona State - Jimmy Eat World
Since a rematch with Oregon is on tap Friday evening, it's only right to bring Mat Kearney out for an encore performance as that seemed to have worked out well last time. I'm also hoping Mat's brother (?) tweets me again.
So here it is. The official 'Three Keys' for Arizona to win its first-ever Pac-12 Championship. Whether you're thinking with your head or your heart, it's undeniable that the Wildcats have nothing left to lose. What's a boy to do?
1. Coming Home
Eat it Ben Kearney. Arizona's Scooby Wright III is coming home this week by playing this game in Santa Clara. Wright played high school ball in Windsor, CA, which according to Google Maps, is 106 miles from the site of the game. He said on Tuesday that there will likely be 75-80 members of "Scooby's Crew" in attendance at Levi's Stadium. The Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year will get one last chance to show everyone how great he is, and possibly work his way into some sort of Heisman finalist situation.
2. Runaway Car
The key to Arizona's success the last two seasons against Oregon has been riding the running game and time of possession. Getting Nick Wilson going behind this offensive line that is trying to make the most out of its final games will be crucial. Wilson has rushed for at least 104 yards in each of the last four games, and Arizona is 9-0 this year when it has a 100-yard rusher.
3. Count On Me
All the defense has been talking about when facing Oregon is taking care of each individual's assignment, and trusting the other guys to make plays when the ball comes their way. There's no reason to believe that Arizona's defense can't do Friday what it has done in the previous two games against Oregon. Everyone's healthy, and it's the biggest game in the history of the Arizona program. Step up, but stay within yourself.
Bonus track: Where We Gonna Go From Here
Pretty self-explanatory whether Arizona wins or loses.