October 19, 2007

Game Eight Preview: UA vs. Stanford

If Arizona plays like it did against USC, the Wildcats should put themselves in position to get their second conference victory against a Stanford team that ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in both scoring offense and defense.

The Wildcats feel that they earned a moral victory by holding one of the better offenses in the country to only 20 points. Even more impressive is the fact that Arizona held a lead into the fourth quarter in a game where many prognosticators predicted the Wildcats to lose by more than 21 points.

By playing its best game of the year last week, Arizona's defense should have the confidence necessary to hold Stanford in check. The Cardinal ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing while ranking seventh in passing.

If the Arizona defensive front can bring the pressure like it did against the Trojans, the secondary should have a feast on forced throws. Arizona's three sacks against the mighty Trojan offensive line should translate to success against a Stanford line that has given up 24 sacks this year, ranking 9th in the Pac-10.

The Stanford defense has been giving up more than 33 points per game and Arizona's offense should be able to find a rhythm and move the ball up the field. Perhaps more important is the fact that the Cardinal run stoppers are yielding over 167 yards on the ground per game.

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