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Arizona Wildcats vs. Cal: UA needs win to stay in Pac-12 South hunt

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Rich Rodriguez is 13-7 as Arizona's coach

Rich Rodriguez is 13-7 as Arizona’s coach

Was that Wilbur the Wildcat who once wrestled Cal’s Oski mascot? Yes, during a football game I believe in the early 1990s, Wilbur and Oski became tangled enough that security personnel at Arizona Stadium were forced to separate them.

Oski has that military-like walk with his hands behind his back, leaning forward that smacks of cockiness. Wilbur did not want any of that, not on his turf.

The Wildcats will be on Cal’s turf Saturday looking to continue their bid to represent the Pac-12 South in the conference’s championship game. A victory will keep the UA (2-2) one game behind in the loss column to ASU (4-1). A win over Cal would be huge because Arizona, which is playing four of its first five Pac-12 games on the road, would remain in control of its destiny as long as USC (2-2) loses one more game.

After playing Cal, the Wildcats return to Arizona Stadium for three consecutive games, starting with a pivotal showdown with UCLA (2-2) on Nov. 9. The Bruins host Colorado (0-4) so they figure to improve to 3-2. The game next week between the Bruins and Wildcats — if both win Saturday — would amount to an elimination game because it will be extremely difficult for a team to win the division title with three losses.

Also with a victory against Cal, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez would have more conference victories (seven) than he achieved in the Big Ten in three full seasons at Michigan (six). Rodriguez is 6-7 in Pac-12 games in the last 1 1/2 years. He was 6-18 in the Big Ten at Michigan.


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Overall, Rodriguez is 13-7 at Arizona. He was 15-22 at Michigan.

[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and


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