With Arizona State's win over UCLA on Friday, the Sun Devils will be heading into Arizona Stadium this weekend with a 5-6 record, needing a win over the Wildcats to become bowl eligible.
The last two years, Arizona hasn't made bowl games because it couldn't defeat ASU. Now, Arizona can return the favor.
The winner of Saturday's Arizona/ASU game is most likely heading to Nevada to play TCU in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 20th. If Arizona loses, the Wildcats likely go to the Hawaii Bowl. If ASU loses, the Sun Devils don't go bowling.
On top of that, for the loser of the game, the entire off-season will see the fan base bringing up serious questions regarding that school's head coach.
Mike Stoops would be on the Hot Seat if Jim Livengood wasn't Arizona's athletic director, and Dennis Erickson is under heat after significantly underachieving this season, regardless of what happens on Saturday.
Arizona or ASU both have the opportunity to significantly screw things up for their rival in this game. In ASU's case, a win could even possibly lead to a coaching change at Arizona, which Sun Devils fans would probably not want.
Unfortunately for Arizona, this rivalry game has been tilted lately, as the Sun Devils have won three in a row. All three losses were significant blows to Arizona heading into the past few off-seasons.
Arizona's program hasn't turned the corner, and a win over ASU wouldn't prove that it has, but a loss would be a huge blow to the Wildcats football team, and another black mark on Mike Stoops' resume.
UA can get revenge on ASU
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