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Hi everybody. Welcome to our weekly Arizona Wildcats football chat. There's lots to chat about this week — Matt Scott's injury, a homecoming game against Colorado and the Wildcats' bowl chances. Fire away, and I'll get to as many questions as I can in the next hour or so. Go!
I'm willing to believe Rodriguez when he says this year has been, for his teams, an isolated incident. Games at Stanford and Oregon are tough for anybody, and UCLA got outta hand pretty quickly. You make a great point, though, Stevenson: Over the last two seasons, Arizona's won just one road game. Last year at ASU.
Arizona won't release its injury report until later today, but I can't see Scott playing. I'm not going to speculate about whether he was groggy Saturday before the hit; I saw/talked to Scott a handful of times last week, and he seemed fine. He looked good at practices. I think its possible he was gun-shy because he was getting blitzed so frequently, and not because of the hit. Remember, he's had poor performances — at Iowa in 09, this year at Oregon — where he's struggled similarly.
Probably not. Remember, it's an award that typically goes to the best player on the best team. So Arizona's going to have to get to the 11, 12-win plateau for its players to win national awards.
I think he just might. There will be plenty of good jobs available after this season, if the rumors are correct. How about Chip (and Tebow) with the Jets?
YES. In fact, my main takeaway from Saturday's game was how good UCLA is — and not necessarily how bad the Wildcats were. The Bruins have impressive size on both lines, a great tailback, and a QB — Hundley — who could play anywhere in the country. Arizona and ASU were both all over Hundley out of high school, but UCLA was a better fit, scheme-wise. Remember, the Bruins ran Rick Neuheisel's "pistol" nonsense while Arizona and ASU both had big, slow-footed QBs.
Couple bad coaching hires and poor recruiting. It didn't help that CU played in a killer football conference — the Big XII — before coming to the Pac-12. Sad fall for a quote-unquote football school.
I bet Arizona keeps it simple, runs the ball — and the clock — and gets out of there with 5-6 touchdowns. I can't see it getting into the ridiculous 50-60 point range.
I think its, while not an expectation, a job hazard when the quarterback has the ball in his hands so much. Consider: Scott had 468 "touches" — passes or runs — before suffering the concussion Saturday.
I'd love to see Oregon and K-State play, but you know and I know that it's going to be Bama and Notre Dame — assuming both win out.
I still like SC. I think it'd be neat if a pair of rivalry games — SC-UCLA and Oregon-Oregon State — decided the Pac-12 championship game.
Horrible tackling. Arizona couldn't stop Johnathan Franklin, or anybody early. Hard to hang with a team when you're whiffing.
Don't think so. Still a stalemate.
Great question: The announced crowd will, I'm sure, be a big number. I wonder, though, how many fans will brave an early start time and cold weather to watch a team coming off its biggest loss of the year and
playing without its start player take on the worst team in recent Pac-12 history.
Anu Solomon? Maybe. I still think the job will be Denker's to lose. No coach wants to start an 18-year-old at quarterback.
Joan! CU coaches are mum, but I'm betting on Hirschman.
Wonderful question. I can't see him transferring unless he goes the Bryan Wagner/Mark Lyons route. He'd certainly be a great bridge to the next generation of young QBs at Arizona. Coaches know him and like him.
Agreed on all fronts. I've said this since the beginning of the season: If Rodriguez can get the team to a bowl game with THIS defense and THESE players, it's parade-worthy. Better yet if Arizona can finish with seven (or eight) wins and play somewhere fun.
I think it'll be either New Mexico, Las Vegas and Kraft Fight Hunger (held at Pac Bell Park in SF).
Yes, I can definitely see CU stacking the box and forcing Denker to throw. I think his arm is probably better than advertised, though he hasn't been asked to throw much.
It's possible. Scott's success has opened the eyes of a handful of QB recruits who weren't otherwise considering Arizona. I could see a pass-first QB verballing sometime between now and January.