Earlier I posted a breakdown of the Arizona Wildcats. Here are three games from their schedule I cannot wait to see.
Oklahoma State has been putting a hurt on Arizona in the last few years. The teams have met two times since December 29, 2010. Oklahoma State has owned Arizona in both games.
The 2010 Alamo Bowl was pretty much over by the end of the first quarter, where Oklahoma State had a 17-7 lead. The halftime lead was 23-7. Arizona scored a field goal to start the second half scoring, but that was it from them as Oklahoma State rolled up the next 13 points.
Last year the two met as a non-conference game early in the season, and the story wasn’t any better for the Wildcats as Oklahoma State picked up where they left off and put up the game's first 21 points.
So why do I want to see this one? Let's face it, Toledo shouldn’t be much of a game in the season opener for Arizona. I am anxious to see what Rich Rodriguez will do here, and this will be the first opportunity for us to see it against a team with a pulse.
Oklahoma State is going to be rebuilding the offense with a new, inexperienced quarterback and new starting receivers. With this game being early in the season, it could give Arizona a chance to take advantage of this. At the same time though, Arizona is rebuilding as well as changing offensive schemes so this makes it even more interesting to me.
No, not because I am an Oregon fan. Well not exactly. This will be the first conference game for both teams. Whoever Arizona would have had here, I would still want to see it. The fact that it is already picked up for an ABC broadcast from Eugene against my favorite team? Well, that's just bonus.
Really though, to see Oregon and the Chip Kelly no-huddle spread option offense against the read option of Rich Rodriguez sounds like a really good time to me.
Oregon has won the last four matchups but those were under the last coaching staff. The new schemes will be unknown to Oregon. I’m sure Kelly will be familiar enough with what Rich Rodriguez likes to do and with the players Arizona has, but there is still that bit of uncertainty.
Honestly it does come back to the fact that this is the first conference game for them though.
Pretty obvious here that to win the south they have to go through USC. This game, while the average fan might not see it, has a ton of intrigue.
First there is the USC drop factor. What I mean by that is USC has had a trend in recent seasons of losing a game they are heavily favored to win. Last year, they lost to Arizona State. Everyone remembers the 41 point Stanford underdog as well as the Oregon State upsets.
Will the trend continue?
Arizona likes to play spoiler. They have a number of upsets over the years including back to back games over WSU and Cal in 2006, over number two Oregon in 2007, over Cal and Oregon State in 2008, over USC in 2009, not to mention the near loss in overtime to Oregon that same year. Out of conference, there was also an upset of Iowa in 2010.
Most of these upsets happened late in the season, and this year's game with USC happens in the last week of October.
While there were no upsets over ranked teams last season, it wouldn’t surprise me to see it happen in 2012.
Finally there is the recent history of this series. The record in the last five games is in favor of USC 4-1, but the games have been close. The margin of victory of the last five games are 7, 7, 4, 3, and 7.
USC is the favorite to win the conference, and some think they will have no problems with it. Arizona with their history of upsets, the recent close games with USC and the Trojans history of an annual slip up, anticipation for this game should be high.