Oct 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) is hoisted on the shoulders of teammates in celebration of a 27-21 victory over the Stanford Cardinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats vs. Utah: Q&A with Hoyo’s Revenge


Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson has 28 catches for 592 yards and five touchdowns this season. He ranks fifth in the conference in receiving yards and first in yards per catch (Photo by Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

Hoyo’s Revenge editor “Mac” Macintosh answered a few questions for us in anticipation of Saturday’s game between the Utah Utes and the Arizona Wildcats:

After a big win against Stanford, how likely is the probability of a letdown this week against Arizona?
“A letdown is a concern, but this Utah team has an incredible fight to them. They went to overtime with Oregon State despite three turnovers, and had a shot to tie UCLA after five interceptions. There is something about this Utah team that makes me think a letdown is unlikely.”

The Utes are looking like the surprise team in the Pac-12 this season. What have they done to improve from their 5-7 finish last year?
“It starts with stability at quarterback. Travis Wilson was thrown to the wolves last year after Jordan Wynn was hurt and his backup was ineffective. Add to that a much improved offensive line. The biggest move however was bringing in Dennis Erickson as co-offensive coordinator, as he’s given us a direction and a purpose on offense. Add to that our young defense that is starting to really come along.”

How do you feel Dres Anderson fares against the other top Pac-12 receivers?
“I saw what (Brandin) Cooks did to us, and he has to be the best in the conference. But Dres has really stepped up his game. We’ve lost our other starting receiver and two tight ends who were supposed to be major weapons, and Dres keeps delivering. He probably isn’t Cooks or (Marqise) Lee but he’s close.”

Name one player on the Utes that Arizona fans may not have heard of but will remember after Saturday’s game.
“Either Jason Whittingham or Jared Norris. Linebacker has been an issue for us since we joined the Pac-12, but these two are starting to change that. Both played monster roles against Stanford and both are a reason why our defense keeps making major strides each week. Also our running back Bubba Poole. He’s been a real spark.”

Who do you think wins and why?
“I think Utah wins this game. Arizona is reeling a bit and Utah seems to be hitting their stride. Plus, B.J. Denker and your pass offense has been pretty ineffective. Utah has real success when a team can’t threaten us a ton throwing the football. I live in Tucson, so I know how talented Ka’Deem Carey is, so I’m not chalking this up as a win just yet. But Arizona feels like they’re in a rebuild after losing Matt Scott. I think the way Utah is playing, it will be enough.”

For my Q&A on Hoyo’s Revenge, click here.

Tags: Arizona Wildcats B.J. Denker Brandin Cooks Bubba Poole Dennis Erickson Dres Anderson Featured Follow Index Jared Norris Jason Whittingham Jordan Wynn Ka'deem Carey Marqise Lee Matt Scott Popular Travis Wilson Utah Utes

  • Clyde Beatoff

    This guy from “Hoyo’s Revenge” can’t go by the nickname Mac. He’s far too whack for that title. Don’t quit your day job buddy.

  • Phun Wang

    Actually, I think B.J. finds his rhythm. Wildcats take the W here. Clyde your comments are useless. I’ve actually met Mac, he’s a good guy.

  • Phun Wang

    @clydebeatoff:disqus You may have realized that I was right when i said “wildcats take the W here”. As they did in fact win. Score: AZ:35 UT:24. Check the stats. This is actually a big win for AZ, I believe their momentum will carry into next week.

    • Clyde Beatoff

      @phunwang:disqus you may have realized that ASU took a metaphorical dump on Washington’s chest. Well your “stats” may have been right for the UA game, you luck will run out next week.