Bowl games have been unkind to the Arizona Wildcats.
In 16 bowl game appearances, the UA has come away with just six wins (6-9-1).
If Arizona is able to reverse its fortunes Saturday in the 2012 New Mexico Bowl, it would mean much more than just snapping a two-game bowl losing streak and inching its overall postseason mark closer to respectability.
It would mark one of the best years the program has seen in two decades.
With the exception of the best season in Wildcats history—1998, in which the 'Cats finished 12-1—no UA team has won more than eight games in a single season since 1993.
So, what's at stake for Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl? Capping what would be Arizona's second-best season in nearly 20 years.
Arizona's athletic director, Greg Byrne, hired Rich Rodriguez to put the Wildcats back on the map.
While a win in the New Mexico Bowl won't propel the Wildcats to national relevance, it would do a heck of a lot for a program that's long been mired in mediocrity.
And, perhaps more importantly, it would signal that new heights can be reached under RichRod's watch. Perhaps heights that haven't been seen before or after 1998.