The UA extra point team better be working on blocking.
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The weather has finally cooled off in Southern Arizona which means the college football regular season is winding down.

The pecking order among the top three teams in the Pac-10 is pretty clear with Oregon #1 in the land and Stanford a serious contender for a BCS bid. In the middle of the league you have five teams staggering along the 5-7 / 6-6 border.

So where does that leave Arizona?

The Wildcats have already secured a winning season so the bowl bubble isn’t a concern. The UA isn’t going to move up in the standings without a miracle. It appears the Cats are locked into the third spot in the Pac-10.

In situations like this you’re competing against yourself. Is your team going to improve and finish the year strong or are you going to limp to the finish? Are you going to fight for things like a 10-win season and a final top-25 ranking or are you satisfied with any old bowl bid?

USC is always tough but after the deflating Stanford loss Arizona’s biggest opponent will be wearing red and blue.

Here’s the Pac-10 football TV schedule:

Sat. Nov. 13 (all times Arizona/Mountain)

Road Team Home Team Time TV
WSU OSU 2 p.m. FSNW
Oregon Cal 5:30 p.m. Versus
Stanford ASU 5:30 p.m. FSAZ
USC ARIZONA 6 p.m. ABC/ESPN3.com

WSU (1-9 / 0-7) at OSU (4-4 / 3-2)
The Cougars still host Washington but you have to wonder if Wazzu missed its best chance at a conference win when it held Cal to 20 points last week and still couldn’t get the victory.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
OSU. Root for the Pac-10 to fill its bowl slots. If OSU goes on to beat USC, Stanford and Oregon to pass Arizona in the standings, you’ll just have to bow before the Beavers.

Oregon (9-0 / 6-0) at Cal (5-4 / 3-3)
The Bears finish the season with three straight games at home where they’re 4-0 with an average score of 47-9. The only problem is Oregon has scored more than 47 in seven of their nine games.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
Oregon. The Ducks in the national championship game (or having their dreams crushed by Arizona) is now the goal.

Stanford (8-1 / 5-1) at ASU (4-5 / 2-4)
The Sun Devils got closer to Oregon than anyone. Can they rise up and challenge the red-hot Cardinal?

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
Stanford. Come bowl season the Arizona faithful want the Cardinal in the BCS and the Devils in the N/A.

USC (6-3 / 3-3) at ARIZONA (7-2 / 4-2)
In case you can’t wait until Saturday night for the game you can watch it right now. Apparently the Cats will be breaking out black jerseys and Nick Foles turns into GRONK!

UCLA (4-5 / 2-4) – bye
Now that the Bruins have broken their three-game losing streak can they finish off a three-game winning streak to go bowling? Next Thursday is a key game against…

Washington (3-6 / 2-4) – bye
After playing six ranked teams in seven games the Huskies will be very glad to finish the season with three games against their lower-division peers. The bad news is they have to win all of them if they want to make the postseason.

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Sadly, this week we have the opposite of a staggered schedule. Three of the four games start within a half hour of each other and if you’re going to be in Arizona Stadium on Saturday you’re going to miss two of them.

TWIT-Pac finally got some requested help last week. UCLA over OSU, and USC playing poorly yet winning (with ASU blowing it at the end). It was a perfect Saturday…except for the Arizona-getting-manhandled-in-front-of-Brent-Kirk-Erin-and-85%-of-the-nation part.

In the old days a loss like that would cause UA fans to mutter, “When does basketball season start?” Well, as a matter of fact, it starts right now!

Here is your first week’s Pac-10 basketball schedule:

Fri. Nov. 12
CS Northridge at UCLA
N. Dakota St. at Oregon

Sat. Nov. 13
NcNeese St. at Washington
UC Irvine at USC
Southern at WSU
Denver at Oregon

Sun. Nov. 14
UT Arlington at OSU
Idaho St. at ARIZONA
UC Santa Barbara at Oregon

Mon. Nov. 15
San Diego at Stanford
Santa Clara at USC
Pepperdine at UCLA

Tue. Nov. 16
E. Wash. at Washington
CS Northridge at Cal
ASU at New Mexico
Idaho at WSU

Wed. Nov. 17
OSU at Seattle
Rider at USC

Thu. Nov. 18
New Mexico St. at ARIZONA
Virginia at Stanford

Enjoy your Double-Wildcat Weekend!

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