Yesterday we exchanged some questions. Here are their responses.
1. After Washington and USC, how do you think Arizona will regroup.
The Wildcats had a strong defensive performance and poor offensive showing against Washington and then the opposite against USC. If they could have gotten solid performances on both sides of the ball in both games, they very well could have been 5-0 heading into this game with Utah. I think they’re getting closer to figure it out as team, so it’s just a matter of time before that starts translating to wins.
2. I think Rich Rod will be great long term but do you think this season is just going to be tough because he doesn’t have his guys yet. How do you think the season for Arizona will go after Utah.
I also agree that Rich Rodriguez is a good fit to try and build an Arizona program that’s really lacks a lot of history. However, it will probably be at least a couple years before the Wildcats are contenders in the Pac-12. At this point, I’d be shocked if the Wildcats miss a bowl game. With four of their next five games against Utah, Colorado, California and Washington State, the probability of getting 6 or 7 wins is likely. If they can win those four and sneak a win from UCLA, Oregon or Arizona State, they could potentially finish with 8 wins before bowl season.
3. Who on Arizona will Utah fans remember after Saturdays game who they don’t know all ready.
True freshman linebacker Scooby Wright. Wright is second on the team tackles ahead of upperclassmen teammates Marquis Flowers, Jake Fischer and Tra’mayne Bondurant. If not for UCLA’s Myles Jack and Colorado’s Addison Gillam, there’d be little debate over who is the best defensive freshman in the conference. Even if he doesn’t have a big game, it’ll be hard to forget him cause of his cartoon-inspired name.
4. Who do you think wins and why.
This is a make-or-break game for the Wildcats, as a win puts them into the discussion to finish in the top-half of the conference, while a loss might mean no bowl game. On the other hand, Utah has to go on the road after an emotional win, which is never an easy task. I don’t think that Arizona will lose three in a row, so I’ll pick the Wildcats by a touchdown.