“The more you win the more that is at stake,” Solomon said. “You play in bigger games, against better teams, and you just have to stick to what you have been doing since day one.”
Arizona defeated Oregon earlier in the season and Solomon believes that the Wildcats have an added sense of confidence because of it.
“Just getting that confidence,” Solomon said. “They were number two in the country then and still are in our books. We have to make sure that whatever we did in the first two meetings we do better.”
Solomon believes that the Wildcats will be facing a tougher opponent on Friday.
“They keep getting better and better and that’s kind of scary,” he said. “We also have to get better at well. We have to watch their tempo and intensity throughout the game.”
Due in large part to that improvement from the Ducks, Arizona will once again be entering this game as an underdog.
“All season long we have been the underdogs and it is something we have to prove,” Solomon said. “We can’t be complacent with the last two games we have played against them. We have to stay hungry.”
Much has been made of the similarities between Solomon and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, but Friday is about much more than that.
“This game is more than two Polynesian men, it is a game between Arizona and Oregon,” Solomon said. “We’re looking forward to it and we just have to grind it out.”
Another angle that has certainly been played up is one of revenge and Solomon admits that beating a team twice in one season is difficult.
“In every sport it is hard to beat the same team twice,” Solomon said. “They are going to make some corrections that we made some big plays on and we have to stick to our game and make sure the tempo is there and we keep that offense off the field.”