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Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (25) runs though traffic for a long gain against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/John Miller)

For nine months, we talked about how brutal the beginning of Arizona's schedule was going to be.

I don't think former head coach Mike Stoops not surviving the season was really a thought.

The Wildcats were coming off three straight bowl seasons and were returning one of the top quarterbacks in the conference.

Talk turned to reality and reality was uglier than talk.

Stoops was given a pink slip and the team was 1-5 with a 12-month losing streak to FBS teams.

Thirty minutes into the post-Stoops era and 42 points were hung on a bad UCLA team.

Let's not get carried away and realize the real Wildcats are somewhere in between that awful losing streak and the spectacular first half.

No way should they have ever lost to Oregon State and if the secondary plays a tiny bit of defense they beat USC.

The Thursday night shellacking they gave UCLA was bigger than any of these current players can imagine. It was Pac- 12 big for their future.

This is not a last place Pac-12 South team.

Recruits will see it. Possible future coaches will too.

High school juniors and seniors sitting in their living rooms Thursday night saw a team with potential.

Are five stars headed to Tucson? No. But neither should two stars.

When Dan Hawkins left Colorado, they were in a terrible place. They are and are going to be.

Arizona's not -- and won't -- be in that spot.

I don't see a bowl game in their future this December but a solid coach and a bit of a break from the schedule makers could put them right back in one next December.


TY's Outtakes

What I learned this week…

I learned that if I went to the Arizona State Fair it's possible I could be walking by someone as they chow down on a Maggot Melt Sandwich. Absolutely disgusting. That's just nasty.

Tweet of the week…

Great answer from Lane Kiffin on "Handshakegate."

I give him credit for answering the question, regardless of his answer.

@ScottEnyeart: Lane Kiffin on "Handshakegate": "Typical Harbaugh. Even Urban and I got along in the handshake"

Suggestion of the week…

Best card stunt I've seen by fans. Good to see that many people can cooperate and be on the same page. It looked great.

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