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