Arizona vs. Utah

B.J. Denker and Ka’Deem Carey were first paired up last year against Colorado.
Photo by Wildcat Universe

The eyes of the nation look west as the Pac-12 boasts half of the week’s top-25 clashes.

The eyes of southern Arizona look north as the Wildcats hope to find another reason to boast.

This week’s TV schedule (all times Arizona/Pacific):

DateAwayHomeTimeTV
Sat Oct 26UtahUSC1 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Oct 26UCLAOregon4 p.m.ESPN
Sat Oct 26ARIZONAColorado5 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Oct 26StanfordOregon St.7:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat Oct 26CalWash.8 p.m.Fox Sports 1

TWit-Pac isn’t happy about the start time of the Arizona game but the second half of Oregon/UCLA isn’t going to be any good, right? Right?? On to the games!

Utah (4-3 / 1-3) at USC (4-3 / 1-2)
Sure enough, after a one-game post-Kiffin boost USC could barely muster 10 points against Notre Dame. It was the third time the Trojans have been held to fewer than 20 this season.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Utah. The team the Cats beat over the team that beat the Cats. Plus Arizona would be at a brand-name disadvantage against the Trojans during bowl bid time.

UCLA (5-1 / 2-1) at Oregon (7-0 / 4-0)
While it never looks good to lose two in a row, this is a free one for the Bruins who don’t face another ranked team the rest of the way.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Oregon. There’s last week’s logic of a UCLA win hurting ASU but an undefeated Oregon directly helps the Wildcats by pulling them up a bowl rung.

ARIZONA (4-2 / 1-2) at Colorado (3-3 / 0-3)
The Buffaloes only have 46 points in three conference games.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Your Chose-the-Right-Road Wildcats. The UA won a crucial game against Utah but another victory is needed this week to keep the postseason in the “probably” column.

Stanford (6-1 / 4-1) at Oregon State (6-1 / 4-0)
Since Stanford beat UCLA last week this game becomes the new Battle for the Rose Bowl if Oregon Wins Out.

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Stanford, I suppose, since they’re ranked higher in the BCS standings. But note the schedule break: The two Pac-12 teams Arizona skips this year are a combined 12-2.

California (1-6 / 0-4) at Washington (4-3 / 1-3)
Washington has gone exactly 7-6 in each of the last three years. If the Huskies win at home (Cal, Colorado, WSU) and lose on the road (UCLA, OSU) they will have…seven wins. Consistency?

Who does Wildcat Universe want to win?
Washington. Don’t want the Bears getting any momentum before the Wildcats come to town.

Washington State (4-4 / 2-3) – bye
Wazzu’s Connor Halliday threw the ball 89 times last Saturday. That’s four more pitches than Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz threw in Boston’s pennant-clinching win the same day.

Arizona State (5-2 / 3-1) – bye
Grumble grumble alone in first place grumble spit.

Whoever’s Playing ASU (2-5 / 1-3) – bye
WPASU has allowed at least 53 points in each of its three Pac-12 losses. Next up is a Halloween night home game in Pullman, Washington.

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Just one change in the Pac-12 tier rankings:

    National Contenders – Oregon, Stanford
    Division Contenders – ASU, UCLA, OSU
    Bowl Contenders – ARIZONA, Washington, Utah, USC, WSU
    Not Contenders – Colorado, Cal

Stanford beat UCLA head-to-head so they switch places again. I think the Cardinal’s championship chances are slim but Stanford is the top one-loss team in the initial BCS rankings so it’s still alive.

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B.J. Denker now faces the team he went up against in his lone start last year. You may remember that game as Ka’Deem Carey Domination Day.

The Buffs are more dangerous this year, especially in the passing game. Receiver Paul Richardson has 43 catches for 782 yards and six touchdowns. Arizona’s top five pass-catchers have 770 yards and five TDs combined.

The UA’s offensive game plan will be the same as last year (and last week, and every remaining game this year). On defense the Wildcats will be facing true freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau who game out of his redshirt two games ago. Taking away the big play and forcing Liufau into the same type of mistakes Utah’s Travis Wilson made would go a long way toward keeping Carey and the offense well-fed.

Don’t stop eating now.

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