Hi everybody! Welcome to the latest — and hopefully not the last — in our series of weekly chats about Arizona Wildcats football. Today's topic: the Dec. 15 New Mexico Bowl against Nevada. I'll take any and all of your questions for the next hour or so. Fire away!
Arizona's certainly working on it. The Wildcats have already landed a JC linebacker, Brandon Golson, who could compete for a starting job in 2013. Expect one or two more high-level, hand-picked players to join the class over the next few months. The quarterback Arizona landed yesterday, Jesse Scroggins, is a good start.
Absolutely, it will. That, more than the location and opponent, is the down-side of the New Mexico Bowl. The Wildcats (and Nevada) won't have the extra practice time to get better.
Don't know — Arizona is releasing some travel packages, and a few details, today. It's going to be tough to get to both games, but maybe the Wildcats can pull it off.
Not sure. That's certainly the storyline: Nevada's rushing offense versus Arizona's porous rushing D. The Wildcats aren't very big and aren't super-fast, but they're probably bigger and faster than Nevada. That could work in their favor.
I think one leads to the other, honestly. My guess is that Ka'Deem, if healthy, will be ridden HARD against the Wolf Pack. Carey's teammates want him to win that title.
I think there's one more year. The griping by fans bothers me: Arizona is going EXACTLY where its record and conference finish dictates. The Wildcats could have been playing in the Sun Bowl, but they lost to their rival.
Absolutely not. ASU won the head-to-head. Like I just wrote, the UA could have made this an easy decision for bowl committees. Then the Wildcats blew a fourth-quarter lead against ASU.
I think those were the two games, yes. Pure speculation on my part, but I think Arizona was a tougher "sell" than USC and Washington to the game's decision-makers, both of which include TV execs. Arizona would have probably brought more fans to Las Vegas and El Paso, respectively. But USC and Washington are much bigger national brands. That was probably the difference.
Yes. You don't bench a fifth-year senior, especially somebody who's been as integral to Arizona's success as Scott.
None. I think ASU was the Fight Hunger Bowl's first choice all the time. It's worth noting, though: Arizona has finals during game week, too. The Wildcats chose not to complain about that during the decision-making process.
It might. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson are two of the nation's best. It's a great storyline, if nothing else.
Two years. Your system works, which is why Sonny Dykes — your old buddy from Texas Tech — is the favorite to be Cal's next head coach.
Great question: 1, Oregon-KSU; 2. UCLA-Baylor; 3. Stanford-Sconnie; 4. OSU-Texas; 5. Arizona-Nevada; 6. Washington-Boise State; 7. ASU-Navy; 8. USC-Ga. Tech.
He probably turned a very deep shade of red.
Scroggins has a huge up-side. I think, given Arizona's option for 2013, he is more than worth the risk.
I've never seen this kid play, and reports from USC were less-than-glowing. But Rich Rodriguez's offense thrives on quarterback competition, and BJ Denker isn't necessarily a slam-dunk to start.
No question. Matt Scott and Ka'Deem Carey were reasons No. 1 and 2 why this team won seven games. Stoops recruited Carey and granted Scott's request to redshirt in 2011. He gets credit there. Now, if his staff had just left a couple linebackers …
No. He'd be silly to leave now.
I would. The HC job at Cal isn't as prestigious as most Golden Bears fans think , but it's a $2 million/year (or more) paycheck and instant access to the state of California's top players. Sonny's a nice fit there.
Yes and yes. Scroggins, for one, could be retroactively added to Arizona's 2012 class if/when he enrolls in January. I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case with a handful of guys in their class.
I'd never say never. Arizona can try to hand-pick 1 or 2 more players, possibly defenders, who can contribute right away.