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The 'Zona Zoo has been an awful place where some great Oregon teams have faltered.
In 2005, Oregon had lost only to the USC, which wound up playing in the championship game against Texas, and was steamrolling its way to a 10-1 record and a potential Fiesta Bowl berth until it met Arizona in Tucson. There, star QB Kellen Clemens sustained a season-ending ankle break, and Oregon was forced to play Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf..
In 2007, the game preceding the Arizona game in Tucson was against Arizona State, which saw then Oregon QB Dennis Dixon go down with a knee injury. Dixon started the game in Tucson the the Thursday after a bye week. The Ducks were an essential national championship lock (if they won out). Dixon would lead the ducks to a couple impressive series while hobbling around on his injured knee. On one of the drives, however, Dixon attempted to make a cut in the backfield to avoid a sack and re-injured his knee. That team would go on to lose to Arizona and its next two opponents before beating the South Florida Bulls in the Sun Bowl.
In 2009, the Masoli-led Ducks weren't in national championship contention, but they were in contention for a Rose Bowl berth. Arizona almost won this game, but the fans' premature rushing onto the field galvanized the Ducks to pull off a game-tying drive and an eventual win in double overtime.
The point is that Tucson is an extremely tough place for the Ducks to play, especially against a talented team like the one Arizona fields in 2011. It will be extremely difficult to pull off a win this year, as the game comes early in the season in the heat.
Nick Foles led the Wildcats to the 9th best passing attack in 2010 by finishing with 3191 yards, 20 TDS and 10 picks, even while missing time against Washington, WSU and UCLA. Arizona also has a good run game and defense to back Foles.
The thing that should ease the minds of Oregon fans is that Oregon's match-up comes smack dab in the middle of a brutal opening slate of games for the Wildcats. Arizona opens the season against Northern Arizona University and then plunge into the tar pit of their schedule. Oklahoma State, which Arizona lost to in the Holiday Bowl ,is the game following the NAU game. After that, the Wildcats face games against Stanford, Oregon, USC and Oregon State, all of which Arizona lost to in 2010.