Oklahoma State was receiving a lot of hype after posting an eye-popping 84-0 victory over Savannah State from the FCS. Arizona proceeded to upset the Cowboys, showing games against low-level opponents don't have any lasting impact.
Now the unbeaten Wildcats must come down from that high and play a cupcake opponent of their own in South Carolina State. The Bulldogs are 1-1 following a two-score loss to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday in which they blew a 14-0 lead.
Here's a look at all the viewing and listening information for Saturday night's game followed by a preview and prediction as the Wildcats and Bulldogs face off.
Where: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Listen: WSSB 90.3 FM (Savannah State) or KCUB 1290 AM (Arizona)
Live Stream Audio: Wildcats All-Access
Betting Line: TBA
Injury Report (via USA Today)
South Carolina State: No injuries listed.
Arizona: Cayman Bundage (questionable, knee), Dakota Conwell (questionable, foot), Rob Hankins (questionable, concussion), Greg Nwoko (questionable, hip), Drew Robinson (questionable, concussion), Trent Spurgeon (questionable, ankle) and Dan Pettinato (questionable, leg)
Key Storyline: Can Arizona Back Up Its Week 2 Win?
The Wildcats made a big statement by knocking off Oklahoma State. Not only did it allow them to get inside the Top 25 of both major polls, but they proved their offense is capable of keeping up with one of the most potent in the nation.
In order to keep moving in a positive direction, Arizona must blow out South Carolina State. When the team faced Toledo in Week 1, overtime was needed to escape with a win. Saturday's results must be far more convincing.
Top 25 Implications
Arizona has several marquee games on the horizon, including a clash with No. 4 Oregon in Week 4. Those games will provide the Wildcats with a chance to skyrocket up the rankings, but first they need to take care of business against S.C. State.
As is always the case when a ranked team takes on an FCS foe, a victory won't lead to a major jump in the rankings. It just allows them to maintain their current position while surviving another week without a loss.
Head coach Rich Rodriguez will be looking for his team to score a sizable victory to show the voters they are capable of handling an overmatched opponent with ease. It's something they couldn't do in Week 1.
What They Are Saying
Rodriguez knows his team will go from being the hunters to the hunted now that they moved into the Top 25 and has already started preparing his team for the added attention, according to John Marshall of the Associated Press.
"Nowadays, it seems everybody knows the scores, but it seems like they put that Top 25 on that ticker and it goes on and on and on all week," Rodriguez said. "So we're going to be on that ticker all week and I told the guys you want to be on the right side of that ticker."
South Carolina State Player To Watch: Jalen Simmons
Simmons scored a three-yard touchdown to give his team a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before things went downhill for the Bulldogs. The sophomore finished the game with 72 yards on 13 carries and was the most dangerous player on the field for S.C. State.
With the team's passing game struggling, he'll be the focal point of Arizona's defensive meetings throughout the week. The Wildcats don't want to let him run wild early and suddenly make this game more difficult than it should be on paper.
Simmons is likely receive a lot of carries during the first few drives as the Bulldogs try to burn clock. How he performs will determine the direction of the game.
Arizona Player To Watch: Ka'Deem Carey
After racking up more than 150 total yards against Toledo in the opener, Carey was even better in the upset of Oklahoma State. He surpassed the 150-yard mark again and scored four touchdowns to key the Wildcats' attack.
The Arizona offensive line should have a major advantage up front, allowing the big guys to open huge holes for Carey to exploit. It would be a surprise if he doesn't surpass 100 yards on the ground for the third straight game.
Even though the Wildcats give a lot of freedom to dual-threat quarterback Matt Scott, Carey provides balance to the offense and makes it a lot more dangerous.
Key Matchup: S.C. State Rushing Attack vs. Arizona Run Defense
If the Bulldogs are going to keep this game from becoming a lopsided affair, the running game will have to lead the way. Along with the aforementioned Simmons, Asheton Jordan is also capable of putting pressure on the Wildcats defense.
Arizona has more talent up front, though. So it should be able to clog up the running lanes pretty effectively early in the game. That will allow the offense to build a lead and force the Bulldogs out of their run-oriented approach.
Riding the momentum of Saturday's big victory, the Wildcats should cruise past South Carolina State. The win would set up a gigantic game against Oregon the following week.
Arizona 49, S.C. State 7