Arizona Facts and Factors

The Arizona Wildcats are in the middle of potentially one of their most successful seasons, and it's just three years after their head coach, Mike Stoops, was on the hot seat...

-- The Arizona Wildcats come to Rose Bowl Saturday to face UCLA at 12:30 PST. The game will be televised across the nation by FSN (Prime Ticket in the Los Angeles area). Barry Thompkins and Petros Papadakis will be in the booth and Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline.

-- UCLA is 3-4, coming off two blow-out losses to Cal and Oregon.

-- Arizona is 6-1 and ranked 15th/16th in the country. Their noteworthy victories have come against then-#9-ranked Iowa and California. Their only loss was at home against Oregon State, 29-27.

-- Last week Arizona scored 30 first-half points and went on to thump Washington in Tucson, 44-14.

-- The Wildcats, who are currently in second place in the Pac-10 and a game behind Oregon, will continue on with a very tough schedule. After UCLA, they'll be at Stanford, then get USC at home, go on the road to Oregon, and then get Arizona State at home.

-- UCLA leads the all-time series between the two schools, 19-13-2, which dates back to 1927. The two schools didn't play each other in football for a span of 43 years, between 1928 and 1971.

-- Arizona has won the last three meetings, with UCLA's last win being in 2006 in the Rose Bowl.

-- Last season Arizona beat the Bruins in Tucson, 27-13. Rahim Moore had two interceptions, Tony Dye returned a fumble for a touchdown, and UCLA forced a total of five turnovers, but the Bruins had to utilize three quarterbacks in the game and generating only 211 yards of offense.

-- UCLA's current three-game losing streak is its worst ever in the all-time series with the Wildcats. Its four losses in the last five years is its worst five-year period against Arizona in its history.

-- UCLA is 4-2 against the Wildcats when Arizona is ranked. However, the Bruins are 2-2 when they are unranked playing a ranked Arizona team, with one loss and one win both coming at home and away.

-- The last time an unranked UCLA team played at home against a ranked Arizona team was in 1990, when the Bruins lost 28-21. It's only happened twice in history, with the other time in 1986, when unranked UCLA beat #11-ranked Arizona 32-25.

-- Mike Stoops is in his 7th year as head coach of Arizona, with a total record of 39-40. Since 2008, however, he is 22-11, having turned around the Arizona program. In the each of the last two seasons (2008 and 2009), he's gone 8-5 and had the Wildcats playing in consecutive bowl games, for the first time in 10 years. His Arizona team tied for second in the Pac-10 in 2009, which was their best conference finish since 1998, when they also finished second (behind Pac-10 champion UCLA). Stoops is known as a defensive guru, having designed the defense at Oklahoma when he was defensive coordinator there under his brother, Mike.

-- If you may remember, Stoops was on the hot seat not too long ago. In 2007, after going 3-8, 3-8 and 6-6 in his first three seasons, Stoops started the 2007 season with three losses in four games, including a 29-27 loss at home to New Mexico. In that game, Stoops was penalized for an unsportsman-like penalty that led directly to a New Mexico touchdown. After another home loss, this one to Stanford, which dropped the Wildcats to 2-6, it was widely speculated that Stoops' days in Tucson were numbered. He salvaged the remainder of the season, going 3-1, and then went 8-5 in 2008 and got off the hot seat.

-- Many attribute Stoops' turnaound to the hiring of former Texas Tech assistant and spread specialist Sonny Dykes as the Arizona offensive coordinator in 2007, which dramatically improved the Arizona offense. Dykes was hired as head coach at Louisiana Tech after last season, but the Wildcats are continuing to run his spread scheme to much success.

-- When Arizona cracked the AP top 10 this season (reaching #9 in week six), it was the program's highest ranking since what is generally considered the school's best season of football, in 1998 when it was led by Dick Tomey to a 12-1 record and #4 ranking to end the season.

-- Arizona has won just one Pac-10 title, in 1993 under Tomey.

-- In the game at the Rose Bowl Saturday, it will be Arizona's first afternoon game of the season. It has played all twilight and night games so far. -- Arizona has kind of adopted the Oregon philosophy on uniforms this season. It has a total of two helmets (one white and one blue), three jerseys and three sets of pants, giving it 18 total potential combinations.

-- The weather forecast for Saturday in Pasadena is a high of 67 degrees and a 30% chance of showers.


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