It was a huge week for the Arizona Wildcats football program. After upsetting #2 Oregon, it seems every one was talking about the winning program in the desert. Everyone was voting for them too as the Wildcats earned a #10 ranking in the latest AP Poll.
Strangely enough, the Arizona Wildcats success extended far beyond the PAC-12. Michigan Wolverine fans have also taken notice and started to question why the Rich Rodriguez system failed in Ann Arbor. The controversy prompted an ESPN article highlighting the differences between the two programs and fanning a fire storm that threaten to engulf the Head coach and Athletic Director. Funny how a little success in the desert can turn up the heat in Michigan.
Get the links to all of those stories and more in the Friday edition of the HeatWaved Morning Meltdown.
From ESPN: Rich Rodriguez Building A Winner In Arizona
Yes, Rodriguez, grinning like a man who’s been found not guilty while leaning casually against a wall in Arizona’s sparkling new football building Monday, has noticed what’s going on in Ann Arbor. His surging team hasn’t played the past two Saturdays while Michigan very publicly spiraled down the toilet.
From Detroit Jock City: Rich Rodriguez Points To Dysfunction At The Big House
There is evidence to support Rich Rod’s assumption that he had the Michigan program on the track to Big Ten dominance. In his first year Brady Hoke coached the Michigan Wolverines to a 10-2 mark, his best season as Michigan’s coach. But Hoke has failed to rise to that standard again. Instead as Rich Rodriguez’ recruits graduated for the program and Brady Hokes recruits began to take hold, Michigan’s record has declined.
From Conquest Chronicles: Steve Sarkisian Talk About Beating Arizona
“Arizona is very unique, they really call a run play and a pass play on every down,” Sarkisian said. “I think Rich Rod is a tremendous coach, he’a one of the pioneers of the spread offense and does a great job of implementing it and then executing it on Game Day.”
From ESPN: Young QB/RB Duo Thriving
The youngest backfield tandem in the Pac-12 — Solomon is a redshirt freshman and Wilson is a true freshman — is also the most successful pairing in the league heading into Week 7. Wilson ranks second in the conference in rushing yards (574), rushing yards per game (114.8), yards per carry (6.4), and is tied for first in rushing touchdowns (6). Solomon commands an offense that ranks fourth in the league in scoring (39.8 PPG) and second in total offense (574 YPG). He is completing 63.6 percent of his throws with 14 touchdowns to four interceptions.