The Pac-10 schedule came out this week and without surprise the Wildcats look to be featured often with their once again tough schedule.
USC, Nov. 13
This will most likely be the homecoming game, and you know Wildcat fans will come out in droves to try and see Arizona beat USC in back-to-back seasons for the first time in a decade.
USC always gets tested when they step into Arizona Stadium. Arizona has had a chance to win both times the Trojans came to Tucson.
You can be assured that Pete Carroll will not settle for another fifth place finish. His team will come out with a new found hunger next year and should, once again, be at the top of the Pac-10.
The Citadel, Sept. 11
Well at least Arizona will have a pair of clunkers to start the season.
They play in Ohio against Toledo to start the season, and then they will come back home to play this military school from South Carolina. (Yes, I looked that up. I had no idea if they were even real.)
Cats will be 2-0 headed into this matchup.
Best Out of Conference Game: Iowa, Sept. 18
If there was a 1b for best game, this would be it.
Iowa fans will travel well and if the fourth quarter of last year's game is an indication of what the game will be like, it will be a good one.
Arizona finally showed signs of life when Nick Foles entered the game in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late. That, and an eight minute touchdown drive in the quarter didn't help much either.
Being at home will help the Cats as they won't have to worry about a raucous Kinnick Stadium crowd.
Nov. 6-Dec. 2
The stretch includes away against Stanford, home versus USC, at Oregon, and home against ASU with a bye week sandwiched between the four games.
For the second consecutive year, Arizona will play their toughest four-game stretch to end the season.
Stanford has the Cats number in Palo Alto while USC is well, USC. Following a bye week, Arizona will play the day after Thanksgiving against Oregon—in always sunny (insert sarcasm) Eugene.
The Cats then finish the season against their arch rival ASU, in a Thursday night ESPN game in Tucson.
This stretch once again will determine where Arizona ends up in the bowl picture. In 2009, Arizona was 2-2 and six seconds away from a Rose Bowl berth.
Sept. 18- Oct. 9
Possibly the stretch that will define the Wildcats season. This stretch has Arizona playing Iowa, Cal, and Oregon State with a bye week between Iowa and Cal.
All of these are home games, which makes them all the more important for Arizona. If the Cats want to make another run at the Rose Bowl, they will have to win these games.
Winning against quality opponents at home is important for any team and doing so this early in the season could give Arizona the confidence they need heading into the rest of their Pac-10 schedule.
If Arizona is to make another run at a Pac-10 title, it will be crucial for the Cats to start at least 4-1 or, hopefully, 5-0. Anything less than that start and Arizona can likely kiss their dreams of Roses goodbye.