Every preseason we take a look at potential best-case and worst-case scenarios for every Pac-10 team. While these are often tongue-in-cheek, they nonetheless represent the top and bottom we see for each team.
So it might be worthwhile to revisit each.
Starting with Arizona, which finished 7-6.
Best case: 10-3 finish after Alamo Bowl victory over Oklahoma and final No. 11 ranking.
What was right: The Wildcats did start 7-1, with the loss coming in a tight game with Oregon State. They did suffer a dispiriting loss at Stanford in Week 9. They ended up in the Alamo Bowl.
What was wrong: What happened after the fast start. The best case had the Wildcats going 3-1 down the stretch after the Stanford loss, losing only to Oregon. The reality was a five-game losing streak, including a blowout bowl loss to Oklahoma State.
Worst case: 5-7 finish, no bowl game
What was right: Defensive struggles frustrating coach Mike Stoops. Losses to Oregon State, Stanford, USC, Oregon and Arizona State, with the loss to the Sun Devils coming in particularly excruciating fashion.
Conclusion: The Wildcats made the best and worst cases come true. The first half of the season was the best case. The second, the worst case.