Last season, the Wildcats went into the New Mexico game with an increased level of confidence. After all, there was no way that the UA was going to lose to a team like that, especially at home.
Fast forward one year and Arizona now knows the reality of similar situations.
The Wildcats wound up losing to UNM due in large part to a quarterback that was able to take advantage of his experience receivers. New Mexico was not necessarily a better team, but it just executed and uses its personnel better.
This season, Arizona could fall into the same trap, should it take Toledo lightly at all. In the UNM game, the UA beat itself. There was a safety by Willie Tuitama and an unsportsmanlike penalty on the coaching staff, basically pushing Toledo along for the win.
Mike Stoops knows better than anybody else what happens you get a little bit over confident or simply do not perform as well as your capabilities call for. The biggest challenge for the UA this week may not be on the field, but rather in the attempt to not get a big head following the laughable win over Idaho.
Arizona is capable of having a spectacular season, just as it was last year. However, an early loss takes away all momentum. If the UA can get the win this weekend, the players are going to start realizing the ultimate goal is closer than some ay thing.
If Arizona loses, however, the season will likely collapse and it will basically be over before it started.
Arizona needs to learn from last year
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