Zona Zealots Staff Predictions for Arizona Football vs SDSU

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - DECEMBER 21: Cornerback Luq Barcoo #16 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Central Michigan Chippewas during the New Mexico Bowl at Dreamstyle Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - DECEMBER 21: Cornerback Luq Barcoo #16 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Central Michigan Chippewas during the New Mexico Bowl at Dreamstyle Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images) /
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Arizona Football (0-1, 0-0) had a tough loss to BYU in week one, but the Wildcats return to action, and our staff breaks down their predictions.  

Things didn’t quite kick off the way we hoped in week one, as Arizona Football fell flat to BYU in Las Vegas to open the Jedd Fisch era. However, after a competitive game against the Cougars, the Wildcats open week two as a slight favorite.

With Arizona Football looking to snap their 13-game losing streak, we make our predictions of the Wildcats’ upcoming game.

Eric (Site Expert):

After a competitive start in week one loss to BYU, Arizona returns to Tucson in what should be a pretty packed house for the Wildcats’ opening home game of 2021.

Coming into this one, Arizona enters as the slight favorite, but I see the Cats beating the spread in this one. Look for Arizona to open the playbook a bit more and shorten some of the routes to help offset the prolific pass rush of SDSU.

Ultimately, the Wildcats make more plays than the Aztecs and Arizona gets their first win in 2021!

Arizona 31 SDSU 20

Shereen Rayan (Contributor):

I have no idea what will happen in this one. I think a lot of things will be fixed, and I think the fans will expect a win.

Either way, it will be dire for the coaches and players to break through and break the losing streak!

Arizona 24 SDSU 17

Kevin Barney (Contributor):

Coaches invest heavily in film and physical practice this week, fixing the week one issues. The Head Coach and quarterback coach invest their energy working with Gunner Cruz, and as a result, a coachable Cruz embraces the coaching, and we see an even more confident Cruz leading the offense in week two.

The week one jitters begin to fade and Cruz takes over as the steady No. 1 QB.

The O-Line is still my No. 1 concern heading into week two. Not only the physical play but how the staff can read the defense and adjust. I have confidence Carroll knows the issues and has a plan. And I hope to see that the defensive coordinator has a plan to establish a stronger presence covering and owning the edge.

Arizona 29 SDSU 17

Kenny Lindberg (Contributor):

The Wildcats come up against a team that appears primed to experience the full wrath of Dr. Blitz after struggling in the passing department against New Mexico State by putting up only 115 yards on 7-20 passing. The Aztecs also allowed the Aggies to rack up 326 passing yards and trailed for the majority of the game prior to a pick-six.

Gunner Cruz should have all but locked up the QB spot which should allow for him to more confidently continue his relatively strong second-half showing as long as he hits his reads a bit sharper. Look for more quick pass-type plays as SDSU did register five sacks on the night against NMSU. Look for guys like Berryhill, Wiley, and Casteel to take big steps forward in week two.

Arizona 28 SDSU 17

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