The 2016 campaign hasn’t been the type of season that Arizona Wildcats football fans were hoping for. At 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-12 heading into their bye week, is there any hope of turning the year around? Let’s take a look at some conference games that may be of interest to Wildcat fans this weekend.
Utah at UCLA
The Utes are 3-1 in conference play and sit on top of the division heading into play this weekend. Although UCLA is only a game ahead of Arizona in the standings, they have the honor of hosting this week’s game. If the Bruins can pull off the upset, it could open the door for Arizona to make a run as Utah will still have games against Colorado and Washington on the schedule.
Colorado at Stanford
Colorado is currently tied with Utah at 3-1 in the conference and will travel to Stanford to play a dangerous Cardinal team. Despite their 2-2 conference record, the Cardinal should be the favorite in this game, and it could result in the surprising Buffaloes coming down to Earth and a bit closer to Arizona in the standings.
Washington vs. Oregon State
Washington has clearly been the best team in the conference this season, and they could snag a spot in the College Football Playoff. However, Oregon State may be able to take advantage of the fact that the Huskies have a game next week against Utah.
It could be a classic case of a team looking ahead to a stronger opponent and forgetting about the one that is currently on the schedule. This could be of importance to Arizona because if they are able to win their division, they would likely play Washington in the conference title game if nothing changes in the standings.
Oregon at California
There aren’t really any playoff or conference championship implications for Arizona in this game. However, for fans who are still stinging from the 51-13 loss in the 2014 title game, it may still be fun to watch Oregon’s decline continue against a California team, led by Number 1 Pick Jared Goff’s replacement, Texas native Davis Webb.
At 0-4, Arizona will need to come out strong against Stanford following the bye. While recent history suggests that the Wildcats may struggle in that game, a win could be the momentum needed to go on a run toward a postseason bowl game.