From the Cheap Seats
The University of Arizona – Coming Back to Earth
The Wildcats of Arizona and their fans were riding high over the past few weeks about their success of their football team. But after their 3-0 start to the season the Wildcats ran into a buzz saw in Eugene Oregon.
U of A fought hard for the first half of the game but it was clear at halftime that they were outmatched in the second half of the game wasn’t even close. The Wildcats lost 49-0 and left Eugene Oregon humbled.
This week’s game against Oregon State will be a true measuring rod for the Wildcats and we’ll see exactly what this team is made out of. Will they returned to their winning ways or did they get tweaked after the loss to Oregon, that is the true question.
The Wildcats of Tucson do have the advantage of playing at home and that’s always a good thing because they play much better at home. I suspect that it will be a tough game and whoever makes the fewest mistakes should come away the winner.
Getting blown out of a game does some strange things to athletes. Some athletes will rise to the occasion on their very next outing and play well and looked back to their winning ways. But then there are some athletes who let losing it in their heads and affect their future. Those players generally have a hard time forgiving themselves for the mistakes that they made and they let the mistakes dominate your game preparation. So instead of being confident in what they do they stay focused on what they didn’t do, and that’s not a good thing.
This is where Coach Rodriguez comes in and we’ll see what type of motivator he is with his team. Coach Rodriguez when he was at Michigan always seemed to have his players ready to play and win or lose you’re guaranteed a tough game. That is something that I’m hoping he has instilled into the Wildcat players.
The University of Arizona, like ASU, is in for a tough four weeks because after Oregon State this week they will play highly-ranked Stanford, then Washington and then a home game against USC followed by UCLA. This is definitely the toughest part of the Wildcats schedule as well and like ASU, could make or break their season.
We wish our friends in Tucson the best of luck for their upcoming game. This may take off some ASU readers but I don’t care there an Arizona team and that counts for something besides my daughter went to U of A and I’ve always enjoyed Tucson.
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