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Rich Rodriguez at Pac-12 media day
There's reason for celebration out in the desert with the hiring of famed offensive mind Rich Rodriguez.
However, those celebratory expectations should be tempered a bit in this upcoming season.
The team currently is lacking in overall talent and depth. Gone are the likes of quality quarterback Nick Foles and big-play wide receiver Juron Criner. In their place will be rising senior Matt Scott and top returning receiver Dan Buckner.
Scott definitely has a great deal of talent. He's quite mobile, but can also throw the ball with effectiveness. Not only will Buckner be expected to produce, but he's easily the biggest threat from the receiver position.
In addition, Arizona hopes that sophomore Ka'Deem Carey can continue to improve after a solid freshman campaign.
Incoming Akron transfer Brian Wagner was supposed to be a stabilizer in the heart of the defense. However, the nation's leading tackler decided to quit football, leaving the Wildcats with a gaping hole in the center of the linebacker corps.
With overall depth (especially on the defensive side of the ball) a huge question mark, it's quite conceivable to think that the Wildcats will have to rely on incoming freshmen for instant play time—something that's not exactly desired.
This season might not be the most pleasant for fans of the university, but the long-term prognosis for the Wildcats is strong.
From the Bruins' prospective, there's also the want to atone for the embarrassing 48-12 loss last season in Tucson on national television.
With the motivation of revenge, look for the Bruins to win handily at home.