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WSR contributor Erik W. Kay predicted an OSU blowout last Thursday. Today he's predicting a different fate for the Wildcats as they return home to face No. 6 Stanford.
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I chose to wait a while prior to commenting on the OSU game... I was to pissed off to make any kind of a reasoned commentary...
Now I think that game played out pretty much like most of us figured it would, if we are being totally honest.... WE just are not that good of a team yet. We have some talent but are either too young or thin at the OL, DL and Linebacker... Having said that I think there is hope for the future and see our OL becoming a strong point if not this year then certainly in next year and beyond...
As for Stanford, I think I will go with Eric's assessment... This is the one game, in the early season gauntlet we have the best chance of winning and we MUST win this game in order to keep this season on a positive note...
Bear Down... '76
Hope you are right Eric... personally I see the Wildcats beating Oregon when they come to town..but I would take a victory against Stanford in a minute..
This post was edited by pantheraonca on 9/16/2011 at 5:02 PM
"That’s right – the drought has run its course, and ends Saturday night. The Wildcats wrestle a close one from the Cardinal, 37-34, as redemption rains down on the desert. "
I love the optimism. I love the vibe. I really, really, really hope you are correct.
But dude, seriously?
My assessment is pretty simple.
IMO it really comes down to whether or not they are actually good or not. If they really are a top 20 level team, if the new talent and new coach are actually as good as advertised (we know Luck is) then we don't stand a chance. If they are over rated and actually not all that great - then we've a got a game (although still think there is a good chance we will lose). They are hard to read and we are just good enough so that I believe that when they leave AZ stadium, the world will know if Stanford is for real or not. I really hope they are not.
"Arizona has no tradition" - Bill Walsh
"We have a tradition of kicking Bill Walsh's ass" - Teddy Bruschi
Stoops has fielded much less talented squads that have upset top 10 teams at home.
I think there are two things we need to ask ourselves:
1. Who would have done better against our last 6 FBS opponents? 4 top 5ish teams (OSU/UO/Stan) and 2 top 25ish teams (USC/ASSU)
2. Is Stanford better than Oklahoma St?
Upvotes for rationality.
I truly hope that one day other fans are using our name in a comment like yours. "Who else would beat Arizona, they are a top 10ish team." I keep dreaming that dream. I'm frustrated that the majority of my years we're on the wrong end of that statement.
Having said that, I do believe this is the one we can get of the big three. We are back to the Tomey years, we're going to knock off someone off at home, and the Cardinal can be it!
Cats win 36-34 with an amazing 6 touchdowns and 6 missed extra points.
One thing's for certain. Stanford will make solid halftime adjustments and Arizona must as well to keep pace. Player for Player we match up well with Stanford as they're breaking in as many new faces as Arizona is. Yes, Stanford is No. 6, but this is as good a chance of beating a Top 10 team as Arizona could ask for on its home turf. They'll need to execute, of course, but that execution must be preceded by some solid game planning and in-game adjustments.
This post was edited by EricWKayUA on 9/16/2011 at 10:54 PM
God Hates Arizona Football.
Fantasy land here we come. Trees are better then OKS.....we do have a chance against u$c...and LLF
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