When New Mexico coach Rocky Long took the podium on Monday, he made a powerful statement about Arizona football.
"The victory against Arizona was last year, so it does not matter to this year," Long said. "I think Arizona is a better football team then they were at this time last year. I think they are explosive on offense and are really athletic and run really well on defense.
"I have not seen anything in the first two weeks that does not make me think they can compete for a conference championship."
Some may think he is simply blowing smoke but in all honesty, he may not be. The Wildcats are nothing like the team that went against UNM last season.
For starters, Willie Tuitama is much more comfortable in the offense than he was last year. People seem to be forgetting that Sonny Dykes was a new face and the UA had yet to fully grasp the concept that is his offense.
Tuitama threw interceptions and made a costly error and much of it had to do with the fact that he did not have confidence in the offense. Fast forward to this year and the signal caller is a much more confident man and player.
In addition, there is the Nicolas Grigsby factor. Obviousl this has a large impact because there was no factor last season. New Mexico will have to contend with a much improved running game that allows Arizona to be successfully balanced.
Fact is, New Mexico has never seen this Arizona team before and because of it, will have major difficulty with the Cats on Saturday.
Last year's game means nothing
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