Arizona ready for BYU

Arizona is headed to Vegas to face BYU and head coach Mike Stoops feels his team is prepared.

Arizona is headed to Vegas to face BYU and head coach Mike Stoops feels his team is prepared.

One aspect of the game that Stoops likely does not have to worry about is the Wildcats being motivated in Arizona's first bowl game in ten years.

"I think it is important to be focusing on what is really going to make the trip memorable and that is how you play," Stoops said. "That is important to all of us and we have a national audience against a great opponent and that has to motivate you to play well or you have no chance. If you get lost in all that other stuff it is going to be a disaster."

Speaking of that other stuff, Stoops says that the team has been focused on the goal at hand.

"We will be fine as long as our players go over there with the right attitude that we are over there to play a football game and there are a lot of temptations to go out and be preoccupied with the other aspects of Las Vegas," he said. "It has been a very unique group to coach and we have been very mature in the way we have handled things all year and hopefully that won't change.

"If it does, we will not play very well. That is pretty simple. That is really hard because you see all of this stuff going on, but that is true in any bowl game. I felt that as a player and I felt that as a coach, but you have to stay focused on the task at hand."

The rules in Vegas will be similar to the rules that Stoops has implemented all year.

"Our players know that they will have curfews that are set and team rules we abide by all year," Stoops said. "If you cross those lines, there are going to be ramifications and hopefully that is not the case. Sometimes you learn from other people's mistakes and hopefully these guys will."

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