Arizona Wildcats Want Red-Out Against Oregon Ducks

Michael AbbottContributor INovember 17, 2009

TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 04: General view of Arizona Stadium during Washington Huskies vs. Arizona Wildcats on October 4, 2008 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Wildcats want the Oregon Ducks to see red. 

Along with wearing their all-red jerseys, Arizona is asking all in attendance on Saturday night to wear red and be as loud as can be.

In the final home game of the season, the Wildcats look to take down the Ducks on national TV.

The last time the Ducks came to Tucson was in 2007.  Wildcat fans should remember it well. 

Broadcast on ESPN's Thursday Night Football, students and fans stormed the field and climbed the goalposts in celebration of the Wildcats 34-24 win, beating the No. 2 ranked team in the country.

Along with losing the game, Oregon effectively lost their national title hopes when star quarterback Dennis Dixon went down with a knee injury. 

Dixon played despite having a torn ACL that he suffered in the previous game against ASU. 

The Ducks would lose their next two games before beating South Florida in the Sun Bowl. 

Well, ESPN is back in Tucson for another match-up.

For the first time in school history ESPN College GameDay will be on the Arizona campus to broadcast live from the UA mall from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

Fans showing up for the broadcast can expect a large, raucous crowd clamoring to get some airtime with their hand-made signs.

Those viewers watching on TV will undoubtedly be subjected to all the camera shots of cactus ESPN can cram into two hours of football coverage. 

Also, ESPN analyst Lee Corso will be donning the mascot head of the team he chooses to win the game: Wilbur Wildcat or Donald Duck.

Much is on the line for the Wildcats this go around. 

A win would keep them in the hunt for a share of the Pac-10 title while a loss would put added pressure on the team to win their next two games to earn a top Pac-10 bowl game.

Oregon will be the toughest task Arizona has faced this year.  

Watching games on TV, its noticeably hard for the cameraman to decipher just who has the ball on the Oregon offense.  Think of how tough its got to be for a defense.

Arizona will have their hands full.

During Mike Stoop’s weekly press conference he made it clear that the Wildcats know exactly what they have to do.

“We know we’ve got to win to stay in the big picture and that’s what we’re going to concentrate on,” he said.

“Our backs are to the wall.  If we want to stay in this thing we’ve got to win or our visions of a championship are over.”

Let’s hope the visions aren’t a mirage.


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