Best Stoops' team yet?

When Mike Stoops went to the podium on Monday, he was eventually asked the inevitable question of just how good he thought this Arizona team is.

When Mike Stoops went to the podium on Monday, he was eventually asked the inevitable question of just how good he thought this Arizona team is.

Why shouldn't he have been?

Everybody has their own idea as to how good this team is. On one hand, some feel that nothing has changed. The Wildcats beat three pretty bad teams and lost to another that it should have defeated.

On the other hand, the offense is clicking well and the defense has surprised people. Stoops seems much calmer than he has been in the past and it seems to be rubbing off on his players.

As for whether or not Stoops thinks this year's team is better?

"We're a better team (than last year) and that should equate to more wins in my eyes," he said. "We're just better in a lot of areas, not just skill-wise.

"I just think we're stronger as a team, we do things better as a team and that's what we've been really missing, just being a uniform team that everybody's working in the same direction and that can equate to a lot of success.

As simple as that may sound, it is true. For possibly the first time under Stoops, the team seems to like each other. Due to that fact, they are working well together and are on the same page.

There are no players like Louis Holmes screwing everything up and because of it, Arizona just seems better off. Sure, there have been distractions, but Stoops has handled those quickly and effectively.

Whether or not this Arizona team is actually better is something we will not know until the end of the season. However, all signs point to it being a positive answer come bowl season.

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