Arizona victory song vs. UTSA

Can the Cats keep their “Bear Down” singing streak alive?
Photo by Wildcat Universe

Somebody in Seattle is going to lose for the first time in 2013.

Somebody in Tempe is going to start the countdown to 2014.

The drama gets dialed up as the first full Saturday of Pac-12 conference games is here!

TWit-Pac feels the tension building as you eyeball this week’s TV schedule (all times Arizona/Pacific):

DateAwayHomeTimeTV
Sat Sep 28ColoradoOregon St.12 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Sep 28ARIZONAWash.4 p.m.FOX
Sat Sep 28StanfordWash. St.7 p.m.ESPN
Sat Sep 28USCASU7:30 p.m.ESPN2
Sat Sep 28CalOregon7:30 p.m.Pac-12 Network

Colorado (2-0 / 0-0) at Oregon State (3-1 / 1-0)
The Beavers lost to Eastern Washington, they barely beat San Diego State, and now they could beat Colorado, WSU and Cal to be 6-1 and back in the top 25 by the time they play Stanford.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
OSU. The Cats don’t play Oregon State this year so the Beavers can tag losses on whomever they please.

ARIZONA (3-0 / 0-0) at Washington (3-0 / 0-0)
The winner will be the Pac-12’s first 4-0 team this year. The Huskies are ranked in the top 20; the Wildcats would love to trade places with them.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Your optimistic Wildcats.

Stanford (3-0 / 1-0) at Washington State (3-1 / 1-0)
The Cougars have given up 17 total points in their three wins. We’ll soon find out of the guys in gray are for real.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Stanford. It’s better for the league (and all Pac-12 bowl teams) if either the Cardinal or Ducks run the table and get into the BCS Championship Game.

USC (3-1 / 0-1) at Arizona State (2-1 / 0-1)
This is the biggest game of the week. The loser is all but eliminated from the division race before the end of September. If Troy falls again, Tommy may borrow Sparky’s pitchfork and go after Lane Kiffin himself.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
USC. One could argue in favor of the Trojans imploding before facing Arizona, but we’re pulling for Whoever’s Playing ASU.

California (1-2 / 0-0) at Oregon (3-0 / 0-0)
Hang in there, Sonny Dykes. You’ll get to play another unranked team. Someday.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Oregon. Same reason as Stanford.

UCLA (3-0 / 0-0) – bye
The Bruins say, “You guys go ahead with the conference games. We’re good for now. Did you see we’ve driven Bo Pelini to the brink of insanity?”

Utah (3-1 / 0-1) – bye
Utah beat BYU last week (with help from ASU’s favorite referee crew?) but will not play the Cougars again until 2016 because of an upcoming home-and-home series with Michigan.

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Arizona threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout win against Washington last year. That won’t happen this week. But the three turnovers forced by the Wildcat defense last October do need to happen again.

I also think B.J. Denker needs to set up at least two TDs with big plays. They can be two more of his 30-yard runs (end zone acrobatics not required), or it could be connecting with his receivers when the opportunities present themselves in the vertical passing game.

Three manufactured turnovers, two touchdown-producing plays from the quarterback and one healthy serving of Ka’Deem Carey. Even that might not be a strong enough formula to beat a rejuvenated Husky team in its rejuvenated stadium.

Big-boy ballgames are back.