Arizona Stadium end zone

The Stadium hosts 2013’s final non-conference opponent.
Photo by Wildcat Universe

The Pac-12 has four ranked football teams this week. The Pac-12 plays against three ranked football teams this week. One game even features two ranked football teams.

We preview them all, just for you.

All times on the TV schedule are Arizona/Pacific:

Sat Sep 14StanfordArmy9 a.m.CBS Sports Network
Sat Sep 14UCLANebraska9 a.m.ABC
Sat Sep 14Fresno St.Colorado11 a.m.Pac-12 Mountain
Sat Sep 14Boston CollegeUSC12 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Sep 14TennesseeOregon12:30 p.m.ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
Sat Sep 14WashingtonIllinois3 p.m.Big Ten Network
Sat Sep 14Southern UtahWash. St.3:30 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Sep 14Ohio St.Cal4 p.m.FOX
Sat Sep 14Oregon St.Utah7 p.m.FOX Sports 1
Sat Sep 14UTSAARIZONA7:30 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Sep 14WisconsinArizona St.7:30 p.m.ESPN

Stanford (1-0) at Army (1-1)
Pac-12 football for breakfast! This series dates back to 1928 but the Cardinal and Black Knights haven’t played since 1979.

UCLA (1-0) at Nebraska (2-0)
Here’s your battle of ranked teams as No. 16 UCLA faces off against the No. 23 Cornhuskers. Last year’s Bruin victory in Pasadena kick-started a solid nine-win season in Jim Mora’s first year.

Fresno State (2-0) at Colorado (2-0)
All right, Buffs, you’ve already doubled last year’s win total but let’s see what you can do against a team that put up 69 points against you in 2012.

Boston College (2-0) at USC (1-1 / 0-1)
The Lane Kiffin Lack-of-Victory Tour continues. If he loses to Washington State (3-9 last year) and BC (2-10 last year) back to back you have to immediately take away his visor and underinflated balls, right?

Tennessee (2-0) at Oregon (2-0)
No. 2 Oregon against an undefeated SEC team! It would be much cooler if that undefeated SEC was Alabama, or Texas A&M, or LSU, or…

Washington (1-0) at Illinois (2-0)
When we last saw the Huskies they were beating up on No. 19 Boise State two weeks ago. Now it’s Washington’s turn to be the 19th-ranked team playing on the road. If the Illini win to move to 3-0 they’ll probably get a lot of No. 19 votes.

Southern Utah (2-0) at WSU (1-1 / 1-0)
Wazzu had the win of the week (and put a little extra something in my wallet; thank you, Vegas!) in beating USC. It is even more impressive when you consider the Cougars only had seven net rushing yards and no offensive touchdowns.

Ohio State (2-0) at Cal (1-1)
Sonny Dykes squeaked out a one-score win against Portland State last week for his first victory at Cal. His reward? A game against the top-five Buckeyes. Not enough? The Bears play top-five Oregon after that.

OSU (1-1 / 0-0) at Utah (2-0 / 0-0)
The Utes scored 70 points last week. Utah’s basketball team scored less than that 23 times last year.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Oregon State. Go North! Beat South!

Texas-San Antonio (1-1) at ARIZONA (2-0)
UTSA’s Larry Coker and the UA’s Rich Rodriguez combined to win the Big East five straight years and six out of seven seasons from 2001 to 2007. RichRod’s Mountaineers and LaCoke’s Hurricanes tied for the 2003 conference championship.

Wisconsin (2-0) at ASU (1-0)
Whoever’s Playing ASU is the three-time defending Big Ten champs. The Badgers, however, have lost their last three games against Pac-12 teams, all away from home.

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Just because you’ve never heard of UT-San Antonio, don’t assume this will be a repeat of the Las Vegas game for Arizona. The Roadrunners didn’t exist three years ago yet they won eight games in 2012.

UNLV, on the other hand, hasn’t had an eight-win season since 2000 and that was their only eight-win season in the past 28 years.

Here are my fan goals for the Wildcats this Saturday:

    1) Win.
    2) Play faster on offense.
    3) Show progress in the passing game.
    4) Continue to force turnovers.

After this weekend it’s another five weeks before the next UA home game. Get on out to a tailgate and enjoy a refreshing Diet LaCoke!