There are a lot of questions for Arizona going into Homecoming weekend against Colorado. The questions are as follows: What happened to the offense? What happened to the defense? Is Matt Scott able to play? If not, will BJ Denker be able to move the ball?
We will find out Thursday about the team injuries when Rich Rodriguez announces the injury report. Regardless if Scott can play of not, it does not set aside the issue of how bad the offense and defense was against UCLA.
The stats of that game real quick.
Passing yards: 136… Rushing yards: 121… Total Yards: 257.
On defense it was even worse.
Rushing yards allowed: 308… Passing yards allowed: 303… Total yards allowed: 611
On the surface it may look bad, but being there in person, it was horrible. The Arizona defense, and offense for that matter, only took up space. They were in no way prepared for the game and the entire country saw it.
Now we arrive at the present. How will Arizona respond on both sides of the ball after getting wholloped? We will only find out on Saturday, but I can give some insight to what I hope will happen.
Arizona needs to get the running game back into gear. UCLA shut it down and from there it all went down hill. Against Oklahoma State and USC, Arizona had a great running attack and versus Colorado it should be much easier (granted the O-Line shows up).
On top of running the ball, Arizona needs to get back to using the deep ball. However, this is only a possibility if Matt Scott can play. If not, I’d rather not have Denker launching balls 40 yards down the field. Using the deep ball first allows for a big play, plus will mean corner backs will focus more on coverage than run defense, opening up more routes to run the ball.
The last point is for the defense. They need to get a pass rush and control the run. I don’t need them to hold the Buffaloes to zero yards, but under 75 would be nice. I would also like the front seven to get to the qb. A sack, hit, or pressure is all it takes to make a quarterback uncomfortable and mess up all sorts things.
When we know the health status of our quarterback, hopefully the questions will subside some. Till then, we can only hope Scott is healthy and the offense and defense wakes up for the early start.