This is it for Mike Stoops and the Arizona Wildcats. If this team hopes to make any kind of comeback in the second half of the season, the time is now to act. The head coach's job probably depends on it.
For the first time this season in Pac-12 play, the Wildcats open as the favorites against their opponents. While the team has shown signs of life in their last six quarters of play, the opening line probably has to do with the Oregon State Beavers entering Saturday's game as one of the worst BCS conference teams in the country.
OSU has played a similar schedule to UA in terms of difficulty -- losses on the road to Wisconsin and Arizona State, as well as a close home loss to UCLA is nothing to be embarrassed of -- but an opening week loss to Sacramento State in overtime was pretty terrible for the program. While the Beavers do not have too much momentum on their side, it is a team hungry for their first victory.
If Arizona was to lose on Saturday, I'm not sure Mike Stoops would make the trip home to Tucson. A loss would move the team to 1-5 on the season with their lone victory coming against Northern Arizona. The program would reach a low not felt in Tucson in perhaps a decade and it would be tough to find anyone who still was in favor of keeping Stoops around.
Let's get a win on Saturday, boys. We need it.