For three consecutive years now...somehow, someway...the Arizona Wildcats have had a major impact on the BCS picture.
In 2005, UCLA went to the Old Pueblo with an unscathed record and quickly fell behind by about 300 points. Last season, an Antoine Cason pick-six led to the 'Cats figuratively calling "BALL GAME" on California's BCS hopes.
Last night, it happened again. And guess who benefits?
Arizona got the benefit of an early Dennis Dixon injury (and if he plays again this season with the way his knee bent, I'll be shocked) and some amazing play from the aforementioned Cason to become the fifth team this season to beat a #2 ranked team. The moral of the story is: if you're given the #2 ranking, find out how you can give it back.
So, the question remains, what does this now do to the Sun Devils? It's fairly simple. Arizona State now controls it's own Pac-10 destiny. They're the last team in the Pac with only one loss. Wins over USC and Arizona put ASU in at least the Rose Bowl. Period.
So in a strange, flawed way, thank you, Arizona. Your team, for the first time, did something to benefit your arch-rivals, and now Pitchfork Nation is salivating about being in the driver's seat for our first Pac-10 Title since 1996.
Now it's time to keep up your good feelings toward your Sun Devil buddies going, and roll over on December 1.