Hi everybody — welcome to the second of our weekly chats about Arizona football. The Wildcats escaped last week with a 24-17 overtime win over Toledo; things get harder Saturday, when they face 18th-ranked Oklahoma State at Arizona Stadium. I'm ready to start taking questions. Fire away!
As we explained here at nauseam a week ago, Toledo's probably better than most people think. The Wildcats racked up more than 600 yards against the Rockets, but turned the ball over three times in Toledo territory. Hard to beat — OK, thump — anybody when you play like that.
Offensively, most/all of it. Defensively, the Wildcats were pretty vanilla: Expect them to bring a bit more pressure this week against Oklahoma State.
I believe this: I think all players firmly believe they can beat any opponent, any week. I'd be more concerned about the size difference between Oklahoma State's offensive line and Arizona's defensive front.
Yes and no. Oklahoma State doesn't have the stars (Blackmon, Weeden) that were such a big part of their wins over the Wildcats the last two years. I think, yes, that it COULD be a closer game this time — but the Wildcats' defense is going to have to force a more than a few turnovers and tackle well in the open field.
LB Sir Thomas Jackson, S Jared Tevis, the entire offensive line and WR Dan Buckner. And, of course, Matt Scott.
I've given up trying to read Arizona fans' minds. Toledo's a good opponent, Arizona racked up a ton of first-half yards, and the weather was nice. I don't quite understand what — outside of a few cold beers — was so exciting that they'd want to leave early.
No it's not. It's free market enterprise. If you're a customer and care so much, cancel your subscription. I'm certainly not going to spend my chat talking about why a conference and a satellite provider can't come to terms on a deal that's mutually lucrative and beneficial.
Not really. Arizona had a better chance of upsetting Iowa (which they did) two years ago than it does of winning Saturday against Okie State.
No, but he has the good sense to stay on the sidelines and away from the cameras. What's funny is that Rodriguez is actually MORE of a screamer in practice than Stoops ever was.
Sure, I've seen worse. But Okie State does like to talk — I seem to remember things getting REAL chippy in the 2010 Alamo Bowl before it became a blowout.
Gotta bring some pressure. Arizona finished last week's game with 2 sacks; they'll need four or more, and maybe a few turnovers, to pull off the upest.
We're guessing navy for Arizona and white for OSU this week. Here's guessing we'll be wrong.
Gotta ask them. Everything I've heard/read seems like populist posturing —
You lost me at "rights are being violated". Like I've said repeatedly over the past two weeks, contact your provider or the league to voice your displeasure and see what they say. Two parties can't come to an agreement to show football games on television; I'm not sure that's exactly trampling on yours (or anybody's ) rights.
I think the defense played great on paper in Week 1, especially with starting LBs Rob Hankins and Hank Hobson out with injuries. That said, this week's going to be much tougher: The Cowboys play big-boy football.
Unsure — we'll receive the UA's injury report this afternoon. Bundage and Putton should be OK.
Scott has a FAR larger body or work, and so the jury's still out.
Great question. I like that Rodriguez is more of an open book, media-wise, and that he seems willing to shake hands and kiss babies (as it were) to sell the program. Ultimately, though, he will be judged on wins and losses; his long-term future will depend on his winning percentage and how much Arizona is willing to pay him.
Jake Smith, a Syracuse/Youngstown State transfer, is out indefinitely with a leg injury. Jaime Salazar, who played a bit last year, is now third-string (or further down) behind John Bonano and a walk-on who joined the team last week.
They didn't practice in white helmets all summer, so who knows?