Thus far, the story of the Pac-12 South has been win and advance. Which is exactly what the Arizona Wildcats have done, finishing their non-conference schedule of UNLV, UTSA and Nevada unscathed.
Now it’s time for Pac-12 play, where Arizona will take on the California Golden Bears (2-0), who have already surpassed their win total from last year. No longer is Cal dubbed as an easy win as the Pac-12 has become a dangerous conference from top to bottom. This will be a challenge for Arizona and should be the strongest indicator of the season.
There have been a lot strong impressions through three weeks. True freshman running back, Nick Wilson, has picked up where Ka’Deem Carey left off and Anu Solomon is slinging it, throwing touchdowns to 6 different receivers for touchdowns through 3 games.
Sep 13, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon (12) hands off to running back Nick Wilson (28) during the third quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Arizona Stadium. Arizona won 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
But what continues to worry Arizona fans is the defense. The front three have not been able to get pressure on the quarterback, leaving the defensive backs on an island. Lately, the Arizona Wildcats have been playing undersized walk-ons and tight ends on the defensive line, desperate for answers. It makes you wonder what freshmen Marcus Griffin, Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware need to do to see the field and make an impact.
Luckily, the Bears seem to have no running game, with their leading back tallying just over 100 yards on a team high 17 carries this season. But sophomore Jared Goff has the potential to shred the Arizona Wildcats defense should he be given enough time in the pocket.
This will be a strong test for the Arizona Wildcats to gauge their season. But to follow the theme of the Pac-12 South, Arizona must win and use their upcoming bye week to prepare for the Oregon Ducks.
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