Arizona enters its bye week at 4-0 and flying high after a near-miraculous victory over California. The time off couldn't have come at a more opportune time for UA as it has been through two gut checks in as many weeks and probably needs time to regroup before hitting the rest of the schedule.
Injuries have already hit the Wildcats in a pretty big way as key players like Taimi Tutogi and Juron Criner while several others are battling minor injuries that require little time to heal.
Not only do they need to recover from the injuries, but the Wildcats need to gather their emotions. Arizona will face Oregon State a week after the bye and the Beavers are one of the better coached teams in the conference.
They are also a team that performs at a higher level as the season progresses. OSU fans are used to starting slow and finishing strong, but this year the Beavers are even more battle tested.
Playing two top-10 schools has prepared OSU for the tougher teams in the conference so expect the Beavers to come into Tucson more than ready to play.
The Wildcats are a growing team and need to avoid looking ahead of the upcoming matchup. Luckily, UA will have ample time to prepare for its next game and, even better, it's in Tucson where Arizona is 15-3 over its past 18 games at Arizona Stadium.
You can argue that the bye week has never come at a better time and if it ultimately serves its purpose, expect a fresh and focused UA football team when it ends up back on the field on October 9.
Bye week comes at perfect time
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