Arizona Football: 5 Ways Mike Stoops Can Save the Season and His Job

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Arizona Football: 5 Ways Mike Stoops Can Save the Season and His Job
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Arizona's season was set up to fail.

An inexperienced squad was beset by offseason injuries (four projected defensive starters blew out ACLs before the year started) and then was forced to play the most brutal early-season schedule in the country, facing three Top-10 teams plus USC in the first five weeks.

Still, the program owned one of the best quarterback-receiver combinations in the country in Nick Foles and Juron Criner, among the premier duos ever at Arizona, adding a sliver of false hope that it could somehow pull out a massive upset or two.

Oklahoma State smashed those pipe dreams immediately, blowing out Arizona 37-10.

Then Stanford and Oregon came into Tucson and routed the Wildcats by a total of 93-41, the bulk of Arizona's points against the Ducks coming in garbage time.

And while the offense showed serious signs of life in a 48-41 loss versus USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last weekend, the defense looked completely pathetic.

The only thing that has gone right so far this season is the expansion of the Pac-10 into the Pac-12.

That's because the conference now owns two divisions, the North and South, and Arizona is currently undefeated against the teams in the South that actually matter (USC is ineligible for the Pac-12 conference championship game due to NCAA sanctions).

If Arizona is able to take down Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Arizona State, it will play for the conference championship and a possible BCS bowl berth.

But that will take the most incredible reversal in school history.

Here are five ways to make the impossible happen.

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