Rain… Low 40′s temperature… Wind chill. Hopefully, we packed ponchos.
Besides the ‘oh so swell’ weather in Salt Lake City, Arizona (6-4) does have the good fortune of playing a struggling Utah team which just lost to a Washington team Arizona smoked just a few weeks back.
Utah’s (4-6) offense wouldn’t scare a baby. They have not scored over 28 points against a team with a winning record and only average 310 yards a game, while averaging 25 points a game. The Utes are led by freshman Travis Wilson at QB, but senior Jon Hays has statistically played better when behind center. Wilson however has started the last five games and with the season relatively over for Utah, I expect them to go with the freshman to expand his growth curve. He has thrown for 872 yards, but only four touchdowns to six interceptions.
The Utes rushing attack is led by senior John White. White has turned it on as of late, going over the century mark in the last three games, plus scoring two touchdowns in each game. If Utah is going to contend in this game, it will come from the legs of White, as their QB talent is sub par at best.
Arizona on the other hand does not have offensive problems. They do however, have a personnel dilemma. It focuses on if Matt Scott with be starting at quarterback or not. Arizona’s injury report has Scott listed as probable, and Ryan Finley of the Daily Star said he was also named captain. Hopefully Scott can start, get a big lead, and then bring in BJ Denker for the rest of the game so both are relatively fresh for the ASU game.
If Scott can play, he will lead an offense averaging over 520 yards offense and scoring nearly 38 points a game. If Arizona’s defense can show up, Utah will not stand a chance as UA’s offense is much too powerful. If Denker plays, I still expect this team to put up points, but the defense will shoulder more pressure and will have to perform comparable to the USC or Oklahoma State games.
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
When: Saturday 8pm, Tucson time
How to Watch: ESPNU
How to Listen: 1290 in greater Tucson area