When you play college football, every game is important. You want to win every game. But let's get real. Some games are more important then others and for the Arizona Wildcats this game is key if they have any plans to go bowling at the end of the season.
Let's just take a minute to think why that would be the case.
If Arizona wins:
That would put the Cats at 3-0, four wins short of a bowl, with nine games to go. Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, and Stanford are all very winnable games. Other then that, it would (as of today) need to be an upset, but all the same four wins is realistic.
If Arizona losses:
That would put the Cats at 2-1, five wins short of a bowl, with nine games to go. That means, realistically, Arizona would need to win all four of the "winnable" games and pull at least won upset. Much, much, harder-almost unlikely.
There is no question, any team that dreams of finishing in the top half of the Pac-10 has no place losing to New Mexico, in New Mexico or otherwise. Let's hope Mike Stoops and the boys are keeping that in mind. We've seen them lose games like this is the past, but there is something diffrent about this team this year.
So as as the Oakland Raiders motto say: "just win baby!"