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Hi everybody. Welcome to the latest in our series of weekly chats. Arizona became bowl eligible, witnessed a new Pac-12 and UA rushing record and played well with a backup quarterback in last week's win over Colorado. Saturday, the Wildcats travel to play Utah. Fire away with your questions; I'll get to as many as I can over the next hour. Go!
Interesting first question. When the weather's cold, UA grounds crews cover the field with a tarp that's supposed to keep potential freezes away. No Adam Hall news — he's gone. And I think I like Utah in a close one this weekend; SLC is a tough, tough place to play — especially at night, and especially in the cold.
If B.J. Denker starts Saturday (unlikely) and gets hurt, Richard Morrison would take over. Consider him an emergency option only.
Nope, Arizona will release the full injury report today. Expect QB Matt Scott to be listed as questionable to play, with a decision coming later in the week. My guess is he'll play.
First of all, everybody loves Vegas. Come on! Secondly, I think the Wildcats can earn a spot in SF by either splitting or winning their next two games. There are too many moving parts to predict anything more concrete than that.
There aren't many in the chute, which means you'll probably be watching more undersized underclassmen in the next few years. Keep an eye on redshirting freshman Kyle Kelley, though: my guess is he'll start at either end or tackle next season.
Very astute observation re: oddsmakers. My guess is that Scott plays and, assuming he stays upright, Arizona can hang with the Utes. Denker was really impressive last weekend, even against a bad defense, but likely wouldn't have the same success against the Utes.Why? Arm strength.Scott has a cannon, and can stretch defenses vertically to keep them honest. Denker throws a nice ball with great touch, but his arm isn't as strong.
No. He believes that Arizona's road "curse" is a byproduct of playing good teams — and looking at who they've lost to this season (Oregon, UCLA, Stanford), he's not entirely wrong. Arizona has plenty of motivation this week — I just don't think the road game thing is part of it.
No news on DirecTV; interesting take on DISH. I have Cox, and think it's been just great.
Unsure on whether Anu Solomon could graduate early, or if Arizona would want him to. If his HS numbers are any indication, Solomon has a chance to be special. Will he be starting-as-a-freshman special? Unsure.
I have been keeping track of weekly awards, and — sadly — can report almost no connection between winning one week and playing better the next. The Nacho Dip awards go to players who have overcome adversity and, often, don't play much. Maybe I can turn all this into a story for later in the year. Thoughts?
Yes, we're moving next week's chat to Tuesday. By this time next Thursday, I'll be watching the Lions and nursing a drink — like, I hope, all of you.
You leave Mr. Football alone! :)
Maybe both — I'm not sophisticated enough to say which had more of an impact. The Wildcats' line isn't exactly killing people — coaches would still like to see them get to the next level of defense faster — but has been pretty darn good this year.
Agreed. Add in a few record-breaking performances and a big video board, and you probably had a great time.
Depends on the results — and how it looks. Win and play exciting football, and the fans will come.
There's one prediction from the Beehive State. Funny: I'm actually writing about that very factor for tomorrow's paper. Stay tuned.
They're fine — as blockers. Don't expect Arizona's offense to change if Denker's under center Saturday.
When Utah throws? It's possible. Arizona needs to be more concerned about stopping the Utes' run game first.
He's blossomed this season. It's a combination of scheme — RichRod's system fits him perfectly — the graduation of Arizona's seniors and some added bulk/speed in the weight room. He's looked great lately.