Welcome to today's chat with Ryan Finley. We'll get started in a moment.
Hi everybody, and welcome to the latest in our series of weekly chats. It's "rivalry week" in Tucson, and I'm not sure there's more to say than that. Let's get started; I'll try to answer as many questions as I can in the next hour.
Probably not. Carey's been battling a collarbone problem and a few other nagging issues. That's the bad news. The good news is nobody's ever 100 percent at the end of a 12-games-in-13-weeks season. Everybody's got something.
Agreed. The good news for Arizona is that Cal and Wazzu are back next year. That's at least one, maybe two, extra wins.
Pretty mellow, from the stuff I was allowed to watch the post-practice interviews I've done. But they'll ratchet up the intensity/hype over the nex t few days./
Nothing yet — the UA will send out its weekly injury report today. Expect Bondurant and Grandon, at least, to try to play. Still unsure on Gilbert.
Probably the same way they handled Star Lotulelei last week: With double-teams and by throwing/running away from him. Emotions will run high Saturday, but that's no reason to not be smart.
No. The Zona Zoo is gone for Thanksgiving. Their seats have been sold to others.
See what I said about Carey below for my thoughts on that. Scott didn't throw particularly well, but I thought he had one of his best running games of the year (puking aside). He should be fine for Friday.
I agree on the Pac-12 part, at least — if he can win eight games with a brutal defense and impossible schedule, it'll go down as one of the better coaching performances in program history.
Don't think it was a gang sign. People misinterpret that stuff all the time.
I doubt he'd get an extension/raise right away — he did, after all, agree to the terms of his deal a year ago this month. I'd expect more in line with what Greg Byrne did for Sean Miller: More money for assistants, a commitment to facilities, etc. I don't think salary will be a sticking point for Rodriguez — yet.
Not sure if I agree — both teams have pretty darn good offenses without the trickery. I'd expect the coaches to put the ball in their best players' hands: For Arizona, that'll mean a lot of Carey and Scott.
Yes, Arizona has no depth at LB. Coaches had to. Their inexperience has shown this season, but there's no much else Arizona can do. It already moved Marquis Flowers from safety.
I think the Wildcats will be MORE likely (thought not guaranteed) to play in the Las Vegas Bowl with a win. Again, there's still plenty to be determined, on and off the field, before the bowl picture becomes clearer. Don't expect an answer until Dec. 2.
Honestly? Probably UCLA. Similar offenses, aggressive, attacking Ds. The difference? I don't think ASU has as many playmakers as the Bruins, and they're probably a bit smaller on the offensive line.
Unsure. Like I said, hand signals don't always mean gang affiliation.
Stanford and UCLA, with Stanford winning. Stanford and Oregon get BCS berths and everybody slots behind them in line for bowls.
I agree that both teams are similar; Arizona has more playmakers on offense, and ASU has more on defense. I think it'll come down to boring stuff — whether Arizona's D can string together stops like it did in the fourth quarter against Utah, and whether ASU's D can slow down Ka'Deem Carey
I think there's a giant concern that Scott won't stay upright. He's going to get hit in this offense — that's a given — but he needs to minimize the damage. Expect Arizona's coaches to protect Scott like they did last week at Utah: Lots of running out of bounds, "safe" run called and quick passes.