The Wildcats have won five in a row, their longest winning streak since 2014. And for the second time this month, they beat a ranked opponent at home, injury-plagued Utah, 42-18.
How quickly did Arizona ensure that it would remain in contention for a spot in the Pac-12 title game until the final week of the season? In other words: At the end of the sixth possession of the game (three per team), the Wildcats already led 28-0.
Arizona (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12) had three net touchdowns and a short blocked punt return to ambush the Utes (7-4, 4-4), who joined the Washington State, Oregon State and UCLA (which fell). , 27-10, in Tucson two weeks ago) as ranked foes the Wildcats have beaten this season.
A 10-win season for Jedd Fisch’s team would have seemed out of reach early in the season and unlikely even after Arizona faced Washington and Southern California in back-to-back weeks early in the championship. But now? The Wildcats go 3-8 against Arizona State in the Territorial Cup, have one bowl game left and could even play for a conference title next month if things go well. For the season and for the week, there are few clearer winners than Arizona.