The moment you’ve been dreading is here: The first weekend without Pac-10 football! But fear not. The Army/Navy game is on Saturday. Then it’s only a week until the first bowl games.
And, oh, by the way, there’s the Arizona Wildcats’ second-biggest non-conference game of the year. And you can watch online for free!
The game is at 4 p.m. Arizona/Mountain time on Sat. Dec. 11. The opponent is 8-0 BYU, ranked #18 in the AP poll. The broadcast is on BYUtv.
BYUtv? That’s another uh-oh.
The good news is if your TV doesn’t have BYUtv your computer does. All you have to do is create a free account here and you can watch the game online. “Wilbur Wildcat” is all registered. Are you?
Tomorrow’s game also marks the Wildcats’ rematch with Jimmer Fredette. Last year he averaged 22.1 points per game and scored 49 points against the UA. This year’s his average is up to 22.7. Is there a 50 on the horizon?
The Arizona defense appears to be much improved but this game will put that theory to the test. At the very least Lamont Jones should guard James Fredette so they can talk nickname smack.
To remind you of the importance of this showdown here’s another look at the Cats’ strength of schedule (or lack thereof). Last year’s numbers are the final RPI rankings and this year’s are the Pomeroy Ratings.
|Team||’09-’10||Nov. 25||Dec. 8||Result|
|New Mexico St.||56||197||184||W|
|Cal St. Fullerton||204||300||268||W|
|No. Carolina St.||88||38||70|
The only significant change from last month is North Carolina State and they’re moving in the wrong direction. Yes, the schedule strength has gotten even worse. That makes the BYU game even bigger than it was before.
You hate to add too much pressure to an away game against an undefeated team but that’s what happens when your out-of-conference schedule is lighter than freshly fallen Utah snow.
What about in Pac-10 play? Are there any opportunities for quality wins there?
There is some hope for the Pac this year with eight of the nine times currently in the top 100 and three of them in the top 50. So keep rooting for the UA’s conference mates to pick up some wins the rest of this month. It would help, for example, if Herb Sendek’s team didn’t have arachnophobia.
Here is that Pac-10 basketball schedule in case you want to express a rooting interest:
Fri. Dec. 10
Texas-Pan American at WSU
Sat. Dec. 11
ARIZONA at BYU – 4 p.m., BYUtv
Gardner-Webb at ASU
NAU at USC
Washington at Texas A&M
Cal Poly at UCLA
Willamette at Oregon
Sun. Dec. 12
Texas-Pan American at OSU
Southern Miss at Cal
UC Riverside at Stanford
Mon. Dec. 13
Jacksonville St. at Oregon
UC Davis at UCLA
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