Arizona head coach Mike Stoops sat down with the media on Sunday as a man that brought Arizona to its first bowl game in ten years.
Make no mistake about it, this is the biggest game that the Wildcats have had in quite some time.
"I think our kids will be very excited," Stoops said. "It will be like a national championship game for us. There is a lot to play for in this game. We have lost to three Mountain West teams in a row, so we have a lot to prove. To win this game would be significant and to get to eight games I think will be significant."
Stoops says that the team does not want to settle, but will rather go at it their hardest in order to come away victorious.
"We're going in there to play well and I think the worst thing you can do is that some people are just happy to be in a bowl game and you go in there and not play well," he said.
"I think winning a game is more significant than just playing a game. We are going Tuesday and I would like to have somewhat of an entertainment day and starting Wednesday the curfews and everything will start to fall in place like we do here. "
With that being said, Stoops knows that BYU will pose major problems for the UA.
"We played them the last two years and they are very physical and good up front," he said. "They bring a physical presence to the game that we may not see as a whole across the board from a lot of our Pac-10 teams.
There is a lot of speed in the Pac-10, but they are probably more physical. I think the thing you notice with them is their maturity and execution on both sides of the ball."
No matter what happens in the bowl game, Stoops will be happy with this season.
"Obviously I am really excited about the way things finished," he said. "Last night was a great night for everybody involved with our program, especially our fans, alumni, and administration.
I was really proud of our players and our coaches to be able to do that in such a tight environment with a lot on the line."
Stoops excited for bowl
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