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Mitakihara start November on the outside looking in

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Mitakihara start November on the outside looking in

By Aziz Al-Hasheem
The Daily Magi
November 3, 2050

As with last year, and for quite some time, Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi football team start the month of November outside of the top two. The most recent ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, AP Poll, and BCS Rankings all have Mitakihara placed third and looking at a second straight Rose Bowl appearance. The Magi face the San Diego State Aztecs in the annual Battle for the Awai Oohoshi Sportsmanship Cup this week at Mitakihara Stadium.

Quarterback Haruyuki Arita isn't the type of person who would care about rankings. He only cares about winning and how they win.

"I'm actually under this gun this week," Arita confessed in an interview following practice at Hakurei Centre. "When I first came on campus, I realized how lewd my mind could be. I mean, I even fantasize the founder in her younger years. Saku-chan (MadokASI President Sakura "Kuroyukihime" Kuroda) knows that when I am in a place with so many beautiful women, and I am the ace of all the players, the women want to come after me and I get sexually excited. Thank god for Saku-chan. She helps me stay humble.

"I think a lot of the poor stats on my end and our ranking of third has to do with me being distracted with my disposition and my status as the starting QB. I've been pretting inconsistent with my passing. All I can do is make big plays and work the option plays, but the consistency with my passing has been a problem.

"My goal this week is to improve on my passing and not force the ball on screens and dig plays. Coach Kaname and Coach Aki [Mitakihara Magi quarterbacks coach Akiyuki Kaname] have been giving me points on how to improve my passing and its up to me to be more consistent.

"Other than that, as a team we're in good form to be playin in a bowl. We're already bowl-eligible, but we would like to play in one of the big ones. Hopefully East Carolina and Washington fall this month so we can have a shot, but it's up to their opponents to do the work on their end.

"I don't mind spending my first season in Pasadena, though. I don't think there is any better big game other than to play in the Rose Bowl. But we're not worried about that. We're focusing on San Diego State this week."

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