Prior to the start of the season, Saturday’s home game against Southern Utah looked like the start of the easiest part of the schedule for the Arizona Wildcats. That remains the case, with the game against the FCS Thunderbirds followed by a trip to Oregon State to open Pac-12 play, but what is very different is the urgency of the next two contests.
Sitting at 0-2 for the first time since 1981, Arizona not only needs to win Saturday but do so in a manner that indicates what has happened to this point was a fluke. That the offensive performance was the result of the scheme change and an inexperienced offensive line and the defensive woes were influenced by some missing starters.
Not that those losses to BYU and Houston were a sign of things to come, that a long and painful season is facing Arizona.


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