The general consensus is that nine Pac-12 teams are going bowling, leaving out Arizona, Oregon State and UCLA. The Arizona State Sun Devils (3-3, 1-2) were in most projections.
Arizona has six games remaining, needing to win three to become bowl eligible, and it’s a mixed bag when it comes to remaining strength of schedule.
Playing Friday at the Utah Utes (3-2, 1-2) will be extremely challenging on a short week.
It would be an absolute gut punch if the UCLA Bruins (0-5, 0-2) earn their first win against Arizona. Now’s the time to win at the Rose Bowl, finally, where the Wildcats haven’t been victorious since 2009.
The Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1) will be disturbing to watch, but I’ll be in attendance!
I don’t think anyone can take the Colorado Buffaloes (5-0, 2-0) seriously with their strength of schedule, and that will be a very winnable game at home.
The Washington State Cougars (5-1, 2-1) could be another ugly game where Arizona’s offense can’t keep up on the road.
And who knows what the Territorial Cup will bring this year.
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding this team right now, and the way it stands, Arizona is going as far as the defense carries it now.
Against non-FCS schools, Arizona is only averaging 24 points a game, a complete 180 from what we saw last year with Khalil Tate under Rich Rodriguez.
Arizona has made a bowl in five of the last six seasons. The Wildcats missed a bowl game in 2016 when they went 3-9, but they did beat ASU without attempting a pass in the second half.