SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Arizona Wildcats are realistic about their chances of winning the Pac-12 South, keeping their attention only on Utah.
"Right now, we're just trying to focus on the Utah game coming up this weekend. We need a little help to win the south, but if we don't win the rest of our games, it doesn't even matter. We need to keep our focus on this week," said offensive lineman Mickey Baucus.
The No. 15 Wildcats (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) are among four teams with two conference losses apiece atop the division. But the way the tie-breakers shake out, Arizona would need more than just victories in the final two games.
UCLA is the only team among the group that controls its own destiny, needing wins in its last two, this weekend against USC at the Rose Bowl and again at home in the finale against Stanford. The Trojans and Arizona State are also in the mix.
"We have to understand the challenges in front of us, but we are playing meaningful games in November," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "With two games to go, we still have a lot at stake and hopefully that will help get our guys focused and excited to prepare for a huge battle at Salt Lake City."
Although the chances are slim, No. 20 Utah (7-3, 4-3) still has a chance to take the division too, but needs A LOT of help from other teams. Regardless of the eventual outcome, the Utes are going to a bowl game after a two-year drought as the team made the transition into the Pac-12.
"It's been disappointing the last couple of years that our seniors have not been able to have that bowl experience. This group is going to," coach Kyle Whittingham said. "It's a group that really is, as most senior groups are, the backbone of this football team, from a lot of different standpoints, particularly the leadership. We've had leadership on this football team that is as good as anything that we've ever had here."