Arizona is getting prepared to face Oklahoma State and head coach Mike Stoops knows the challenge that the Cowboys will bring.
"I had the opportunity to watch the entire Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game three weeks ago," Stoops recetly said. "I know what kind of players Oklahoma has and to watch Oklahoma State compete like that, you can see they are a different team and program than they have been in the past.
"They keep knocking on the door if you keep doing that, something will happen. They are very close to making an elite step that is very difficult to do, and that we are trying to do that as well."
According to Stoops, the success Oklahoma State has had is an indication of how far the program has come.
"You have to have a very complete program to make that leap. It tells me they have good players throughout their program, whether its offense, defense or special teams.
"That's what really jumped out at me was how good they looked as an entire football team. That's really what you have to do week in and week out to be successful."
One aspect of the game that will be highly touted is the battle between the two quarterbacks.
"Certainly we feel like we have one of the premiere quarterbacks in college football in Nick Foles," Stoops said. "A lot like Oklahoma State's quarterback, you have to have a trigger guy who can put you in great situations, and we feel like we have a truly great quarterback from Austin Westlake in Nick Foles.
"Again, we hope he can play as well as Drew Brees, the last Westlake quarterback to play in this game. He stuck a dagger in us when I was at K-State on a final drive to pull out a win, so hopefully we can be on the other end of that this year, but we excited to be here in as competitive of a setting that there is in college football.
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