Wazzu has had a lot more to cheer about in 2011.
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A Pac-10 doormat is finding new life in the Pac-12. The South race might already be over. The Arizona Wildcats’ record book has a whole lot of Nick Foles.

There were a couple road breakthroughs in conference action last week leading to honest-to-goodness changes in the Pac-12 bowl picture:

Welcome back among the living, Wazzu! After winning in Boulder the Cougars’ bowl chances are alive and well. I’m not ready to move them amongst the IN crowd yet but if they take down UCLA this week they’ll only be a couple home wins (Oregon State and Utah) away from the promised land.

The other change is Washington moving up to fourth-most likely to make a bowl with Utah sliding down to sixth. Considering the winnable games left on their schedule (Colorado, Arizona, at OSU, WSU) the Huskies are looking like an eight-win team.

How are the 1-4 Wildcats still in the middle? There’s a logical path for them to get to six wins and it hasn’t started yet. But if the losing streak grows to five games? ¡Adios, tazón!

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ASU’s competition in the Pac-12 South is dropping like flies. Utah lost at home to Washington last week and the Utes won’t have their starting quarterback this week against the Sun Devils. It’s getting to the point where, with a little help from the North, ASU could be in line to host the Pac-12 Championship Game.

I’m feeling queasy. Quick, pass me some stats…

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Arizona quarterback Nick Foles is really, really good. His performance against USC was great, even by his standards. Great, as in one of the best showings ever by a Wildcat passer. Take a look:

UA Single Game Passing Completions
UA top 10 single game completions

So in the history of Wildcat football, eight of the 10 best games in terms of completing the forward pass came at the hands (and arm) of Nick Foles.

The pre-Willie record was Jason Johnson’s 31 completions against Cal in 2002. Who knew that when the Cats hired Mike Stoops they were getting a passing guru?

Foles would trade all the completions in the world for a win this week, but the way the UA defense is playing he might need every completion in the world to get that win.

Enjoy the record while it lasts, Mr. Tuitama.

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