Team preview: Arizona

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More than two years ago now, Mike Stoops left, at the time, the premier program in the country in Oklahoma for a program in absolute shambles in Arizona. It's a tribute to Stoops and his staff that Arizona has avoided the Pac-10 cellar in each of his two seasons, given the fact they inherited a team that lost 10 of its last 11 games in 2003.

But the rebuilding process, while certainly nowhere near concluded, needs to take that next step and this season, it's time for Arizona to at least compete for a bowl bid. If the Wildcats fall short at 5-7, with three Pac-10 wins, so be it, but even that would constitute significant progress.