UNLV-Arizona Game Preview


Game Information

Date/Time: Friday August 29, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m. (MST)

Location: Tucson, Arizona-Arizona Stadium (56,029)

Television: ESPN (Mark Neely, Mike Bellotti, and Dawn Davenport)

Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries, Lamont Lovett, Dana Cooper)

1290 AM, 1490 FM, XM (91), SIRIUS (91)

Spanish Radio: 990 AM (Samuel Sandoval, Marco Rincon)

Betting Line: Arizona -22.5

All-Time Series: Arizona leads, 2-0

In Tucson: Arizona leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: September 7, 2013 @ UNLV- Arizona 58 UNLV 13

Tickets: Still Available 

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Arizona Starters

Offense (Multiple Spread)

QB- Anu Solomon
RB- Terris Jones-Grigsby

WR- Austin Hill, Cayleb Jones

SLOT WR- Davonte’ Neal or Nate Phillips

Tackles- LT Mickey Baucus, RT Fabbians Ebbele

Guards- LG Cayman Bundage, RG Jacob Alsadek

Center- Steven Gurrola


Defense (3-3-5)

END- Reggie Gilbert

NOSE- Jeff Worthy

Tackle- Dan Pettinato

SLB- Keoni Bush-Loo or Derrick Turituri

MLB- Scooby Wright

WLB- DeAndre’ Miller or Jake Matthews

Safeties- SPUR William Parks, BANDIT Jared Tevis, FS Jourdon Grandon

Corners- LC Johnathan McKnight, RC Jarvis McCall


Special Teams

Kicker- Casey Skowron

Kickoffs- Casey Skowron or Ethan Keyserling

Punter and Holder- Drew Riggleman

LS- Chase Gorham

PR- DaVonte’ Neal

KR- Jared Baker and Samajie Grant


UNLV Starters



QB- Blake Decker

RB- Keith Whitely or David Greene

FB/H- Taylor Barnhill

Nov 30, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UNLV Rebels wide receiver Devante Davis (81) makes a catch over defending San Diego State Aztecs defensive back David Lamar (16) during an NCAA football game at Sam Boyd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

WRDevante Davis, Marcus Sullivan

TE- Jake Phillips

Tackles- LT Brett Boyko, RT Andrew Oberg

Guards- LG Brian Roth or Eric Noone, RG Nick Gstrein

Center- Robert Waterman



DE- LDE Siuea Vaesau or Josh Shirley, RDE Jordan Sparkman

DT- LDT Tuli Fakauho or Brandon Willis, RDT Sonny Sanitoa

WLB- Tau Lotulelei

MLB- Iggy Porchia or Ryan McAleenan

SLB- Trent Langham

Corners- LC Tajh Hasson, RC Kenneth Penny

Safeties- SS Peni Vea, FS Mike Horsey


Special Teams

Kicker- Jonathan Leiva

Punter- Logan Yunker

Long Snapper- FG Jake Phillips, P Dakota Shackleton

KR- Marcus Sullivan and Keith Whitely

PR- Keith Whitely


Game Analysis

This Wildcats send out newly announced starting QB Anu Solomon on Friday night to face a UNLV team that has a pretty solid secondary. Although, many people may not think they are that great after having to face this fantastic WR group. Austin Hill, Nate Phillips, Davante’ Neal, and Cayleb Jones are as good as it gets 1-4 in the nation and should help ease Solomon into his new role. Another think to watch in this game is the running back position. There may be six guys who see their name in the box score and Arizona needs to zone in on two or three backs before the conference season begins. Running behind one of the most experienced offensive lines in the nation should help Rich Rod make a decision sooner rather than later. It will be up to safeties Peni Vea and Mike Horsey and DT Sonny Sanitoa to slow down the Wildcats and give the UNLV offense a shot in this one.

The Arizona defense will be going against a Runnin’ Rebel offense that is also starting a new QB, although he has played at the JUCO level, who has a big arm and one of the better receivers in the nation to throw the ball too. Devante Davis is an unbelievable talent and catches anything near him, so Jarvis McCall and Johnathan McKnight to slow him down and, not let anyone else break out, the Wildcat defense should be fine.


Game Prediction

Dec 31, 2013; Shreveport, LA, USA; Arizona Wildcats defensive lineman Sione Tuihalamaka (91) leads teammates in a chant after defeating the Boston College Eagles 42-19 at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

This is an interesting game because there are so many new faces at key positions for both teams, so you just do not know what you’re going to get. I give the edge to the Wildcats because of depth and better overall talent on the field, of the players that are returning. I would not be surprised if this is a one touchdown game at the half, but the more talented Wildcat team will take control of this one late and they should win by 2-3 touchdowns.


Final Score Prediction

Arizona 42


Football is finally here! What do you, the fans, think will happen Week one in Tucson? Do you think Anu performs and solidifies himself as QB1, or does the competition open back up after Friday night? Let me know!

Also be sure to check out our Offensive and Defensive season previews to get you ready for the 2014 season.