Arizona Wildcats Will Gladly Trade National Spotlight, For Wins

Michael AbbottContributor INovember 10, 2009

TUSCON - OCTOBER 4:  A general view of the field taken during the game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Washington Huskies on October 4, 2008 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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ABC announced Monday that the Nov. 21st  Arizona vs. Oregon game will be broadcasted at 1:30 p.m. regionally, or 6 p.m. as a split-national broadcast.

This is encouraging news for many hopeful UA students who are expecting ESPN’s College GameDay crew to choose Tucson as their Week 12 destination.

In under a week 5,000 fans joined a Facebook group–"Bring College GameDay to Tuscon"–to urge ESPN to consider Tucson and the Pac-10 match-up.

On the Facebook message boards, fans from both Arizona and Oregon have already started the back-and-forth banter that can be expected at most Pac-10 games.

Arizona fans are adding fuel to the fire by saying that the reinstatement of Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount was less than “classy” on Oregon’s part. 

Ducks fans are saying that the Wildcats’ next game against Cal-Berkeley is far from an easy win.

Arizona Coach Mike Stoops agrees with the Oregon fan’s assessment saying, “They [Cal] are an awfully talented team.  They possess skills that can match up with anybody across the board.” 

Dismissing a question about win-lose scenarios, Stoops answered, “We’re in a good position and we want to stay there… They [the players] understand what’s exactly at stake.”

Stoops is right.

There can be no Rose Bowl talk without a win Saturday in California.

There is no point in looking ahead until you have finished what’s in front of you, this week.

The Cal Bears (6-3) are a formidable foe that briefly jumped into the AP Top 25 last week before losing to Oregon State on Saturday.

Their only two losses before OSU came against USC and Oregon, schools that the Wildcats have yet to play.

Unfortunately for California, they lost star running back Jahvid Best to a terrifying concussion.  And in the previous week against Arizona State, Best suffered a mild concussion. 

Best will definitely be sidelined for Saturday’s game and the injury might put him out for the rest of the season.

So let’s take care of business Wildcats. 

One game at a time.  One win at a time.