Those Arizona Wildcats sure are tough to figure.
They opened the 1999 season ranked No. 4 after a 12-1 campaign, then lost to Penn State in the Kickoff Classic and struggled to finish 6-6.
This season, coach Dick Tomey's Wildcats were picked eighth in the Pacific-10 Conference. Guess what?
On Saturday, No. 21 Arizona (5-1, 3-0) plays at No. 7 Oregon (5-1, 3-0) for sole possession of first place and the inside track to the Rose Bowl.
"This is the time where we have to find out what kind of team we are," Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins said following his team's 53-47 triple-overtime win over Washington State. "There was a time last year when we were 6-3, and I thought we were going to be 9-3."
While the Wildcats have the toughest part of their schedule remaining after Oregon, it's No. 23 UCLA, at No. 9 Washington, No. 19 Oregon State and Arizona State the Ducks have an easier task. Oregon is at Arizona State next week, followed by games against Washington State, California and Oregon State.
"We played extremely well, but I think we can play better," quarterback Joey Harrington said of Oregon's 28-17 win at USC.
Oregon takes an 18-game home winning streak at Autzen Stadium into the game, the longest streak in the Pac-10.
Arizona has never been to the Rose Bowl; Oregon's last trip to Pasadena was 1995.
Baylor (plus 481/2) at No. 1 Nebraska
Huskers tune up for next week's showdown at Oklahoma. ... NEBRASKA, 56-0.
No. 2 Virginia Tech (minus 13) at Syracuse
Orangemen not up to avenging last year's 62-0 loss. ... VIRGINIA TECH, 41-24.
No. 4 Miami (minus 22) at Temple
Canes have themselves quality QB in Ken Dorsey. ... MIAMI, 45-13.
No. 5 Clemson (minus 18) at North Carolina
Tigers' QB Woody Dantzler shows his Heisman stuff to Tar Heels. ... CLEMSON, 42-17.
Virginia (plus 31) at No. 6 Florida State
Healthy QB Chris Weinke means easy win for Seminoles. ... FLORIDA STATE, 45-20.
No. 21 Arizona (plus 9) at No. 7 Oregon
For first place in the Pac-10. ... OREGON, 27-17.
California (plus 16) at No. 9 Washington
Huskies look to make it 18 in a row over Golden Bears. ... WASHINGTON, 34-21.
Texas Tech (plus 32) at No. 10 Kansas State
Wildcats coming off first loss, but Tech passing game may cause problems. ... KANSAS STATE, 31-14.
No. 11 TCU (minus 27) at Tulsa
Horned Frogs looking for first 6-0 start since 1938. ... TCU, 34-14.
No. 12 Georgia (no line) at Kentucky
'Dawgs likely to be without injured QB Quincy Carter. ... GEORGIA, 28-17.
No. 13 Mississippi State (minus 51/2) at LSU
Bulldogs lead nation in rushing defense 24.4 yards per game. ... MISSISSIPPI STATE, 28-21.
No. 14 Ohio State (minus 18) at Iowa
Hapless Hawkeyes show up at right time for once-beaten Buckeyes. ... OHIO STATE, 34-14.
Michigan State (plus 151/2) at No. 16 Michigan
Wolverines out to avenge last year's shootout loss to Spartans. ... MICHIGAN, 38-17.
No. 17 Purdue (minus 3) at Wisconsin
QB Drew Brees needs 169 yards to set Big Ten career passing mark. ... PURDUE, 28-24.
No. 18 South Carolina (minus 6) at Vanderbilt
RB Derek Watson (748 yards, 9 TDs) a key to Gamecocks revival. ... SOUTH CAROLINA, 28-21.
No. 19 Oregon State (plus 31/2) at No. 23 UCLA
Bruins remember last year's 55-7 loss their worst in 69 years. ... UCLA, 35-28.
No. 20 Notre Dame (minus 31/2) at West Virginia
Irish make first visit to rowdy Morgantown. ... NOTRE DAME, 27-21.
No. 22 Minnesota (minus 7) at Indiana
Golden Gophers are 1-13 in Bloomington since 1969. ... INDIANA, 31-28.
Last week: 15-4 (straight); 10-9 (vs. points)
Season: 106-31 (straight); 72-60 (vs. points)