Still a long way to go

Arizona head coach Mike Stoops has been careful with his expectations.

With Arizona's first ranking since 2000, there is a growing momentum of sorts as it relates to the excitement of UA fans.

Arizona has a chance to be a very good team for the remainder of the season and thus earn national attention.

With that being said, Arizona head coach Mike Stoops is being careful as to not get ahead of himself.

"We haven't accomplished anything," he said. "We haven't accomplished any of our goals that we set out to get this year yet. We have a long way to go and I still think we can play better as a team.

"I don't think we have played well as a whole team yet, hopefully our best football is in front of us and it's going to need to be."

Although there are many big games remaining on the schedule, the Wildcats are being careful about looking at it as one game at a time.

"We are along way away," said Stoops. "There is a lot that still can happen over the next five or six weeks and we can't get caught up in all this that's for sure. We are on week-to-week seasons and I think our players understand that a lot better now than they have in the past."

While being ranked is nice, Stoops is confident his team will not pay too much attention to it.

"I think handling prosperity is something relatively new for us, but I don't see this team changing," Stoops said. "You have to embrace it and want more, and I think that's what we're establishing within this program."

In fact, not getting a lot of respect may not be a big deal when one considers that Stoops tends to use it as a motivational technique.

"We weren't getting a lot of respect prior to the season, and that's something we really talked about," he said. "I think you have to earn it continuously in football, and when you haven't been a power, you have to be able to do things and continually do them, and I think it gradually comes to you, if you do it the right way."

While Arizona has plenty of challenges on its path to the end of the season, Stoops feels his team will handle them.

"Obviously the challenges that'll we face will be huge, but I think this team is more equipped then what we've had before," he said. "I think there's more depth, mentally they respond to challenges. We've been challenged all year, and our kids have responded positively. I don't look for that change for the second five games."

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