Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
The Utes are looking to hog the ball on Saturday to try and stop Arizona's high octane offense.
It has been a good year on offense for the Arizona Wildcats. Outside of struggling against UCLA a couple of weeks ago, the offense hasn't scored less than 35 points in the last month in a half. They've also eclipsed 50 points on four occasions this year. They have one of the nation's leading passing and rushing attacks, helping them score an average of 37.9 points per contest.
Understandably, the Utah Utes want to do whatever they can to slow the Wildcats down when the teams face off in Salt Lake City this weekend. Head coach Kyle Whittingham has said he wants to try and control time of possession which, in theory, gives the Wildcats less time to put up points. But Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez isn't too concerned about it:
I think more important for us is the number of possessions. I think what Coach Whittingham is talking about is if they have a lot of time of possession then they are going to limit our possessions, but the true time of possession is not a number we really worry about.
The game has much larger implications for Utah than Arizona. A loss would eliminate the Utes from bowl contention just a season after their overtime win in the Sun Bowl over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.