Arizona Vs. Oklahoma State: Wildcats Offense Explodes To Pull Upset

The Arizona Wildcats are now 2-0 under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, with two wins over teams projected to make bowl games.

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Justin Washington Looking For A Return To Wildcats Defensive Line

After being suspended on Aug. 21 for violating team rules, defensive lineman Justin Washington rejoined the team at practice when classes began at the University of Arizona, although he has yet to see time on the field. When he will see time on the field has yet to be revealed, although head coach Rich Rodriguez complimented the end on his focus upon returning.

"He had a pretty good week last week, and is off to a good start this week," Rodriguez told Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star.

Washington, a junior, started 15 games before a new defensive system was implemented, although he was expected to compete for a starting role on the inside of the defensive line. His true breakout year was as a redshirt freshman when he started nine games and earned Freshman All-America honors from some publications, although his hype tempered a bit after a moderate sophomore campaign.

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Arizona Kicker John Bonano Named Pac-12 Special Teams Player Of The Week

Arizona Wildcats kicker John Bonano was named the special teams Pac-12 player of the week for Week 2, earning the award for his contributions to Arizona's 59-38 upset victory over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State.

Bonano, a senior from Salinas, Calif., contributed 15 points to the effort, including field goals from 22, 24 and 46 yards. He hit all six of his PAT attempts, and his kickoffs helped the Wildcats win the battle for field position. Four of his 11 kick offs went for touchbacks, and Oklahoma State's average starting position was their own 24 yard-line. Bonano has never missed an extra point attempt and has a career 66.7 percent field goal percentage.

Arizona is now 2-0 in the 2012 season. They'll look to keep the momentum going as they host the South Carolina State Bulldogs in Week 3.

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Pac-12 Power Rankings: USC Trojans Lead, Arizona Schools Surge Towards Top

Evaluating and ranking each Pac-12 team through two games.

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College Football Rankings 2012: Arizona Makes AP Poll Debut

After being previously unranked, the Arizona Wildcats are now the No. 24 team in the country in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats are one of four teams, along with the Tennessee Volunteers, UCLA Bruins and BYU Cougars, to enter the top 25 after being previously unranked.

After starting off the season by knocking off Toledo in overtime, 24-17, the Wildcats played then-No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys and blew them out, 59-38. The upset put the Wildcats in the national conversation and landed them in the top 25.

After one more home game against South Carolina State on Sept. 15, the Wildcats travel to Oregon to face the Ducks in the biggest game of the early part of the Wildcats schedule.

The Wildcats join the USC Trojans (No. 2), Oregon Ducks (No. 4), Stanford Cardinal (No. 21) and UCLA (No. 22) in the rankings.

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Arizona vs. Oklahoma State: Wildcats Display Dominance, Promise In 59-38 Win

Everyone from the coaching staff to special teams players were ready to go on Saturday night. It led to one wild, crazy game in Tucson.

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Oklahoma State Vs. Arizona 2012: Final Score And Game Recap

Spurred on by the other upsets of the day, the University of Arizona decided to get in on the action versus No. 18 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys of OSU had no answer for the high-flying offense of the Wildcats. 'Zona would beat OSU on the ground and in the air by a score of 59-38.

Quarterback Matt Scott likes to lead by example; he did so in tonight's game. Scott would go 26-for-39 for 314 yards and two touchdowns. He was also second on the team in rushing with 20 carries for 62 yards and one touchdown. Following Scott's lead, Ka'Deem Carey would run for 139 yards on 26 caries and three touchdowns. He too enjoys extra work and added on four catches for 27 yards and one touchdown.

Scott and Carey played great, but the MVP of the game was receiver Tracy Moore. Moore had nine catches for 117 yards and four touchdowns.

The Wildcats host South Carolina State (1-1) next weekend in a tuneup before facing the Oregon Ducks on Sep. 22.

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Arizona Vs. Oklahoma State 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The Arizona Wildcats face one of their biggest tests of the season on Saturday night as the Oklahoma St. Cowboys come to town. The Cowboys are ranked 18th in the nation and scored 84 points in their first game, which is scary considering the youth and inexperience on Arizona's defense.

The key to the game for Oklahoma State will be the play of quarterback Wes Lunt. A true freshman playing in his first road game, Lunt will need to manage the game and his emotions in what should be a hostile Arizona Stadium. If his first game was any indication though, Lunt should be just fine. He completed all 11 of his passes for 129 yards and did not turn the ball over.

For the Wildcats, they will need to be just about perfect to pull the upset. They turned the ball over three times last week, which held them to 24 points despite upwards of 600 yards of total offense. The defense also needs to ensure the Pokes are unable to bombard them with deep passes all night or it'll be a long four quarters in Tucson.

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. PT

TV Schedule: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: 1290-AM The Fan in Tucson

Odds: Oklahoma St. is favored by 11 points.

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Pac-12 Networks Reaches Deal With DISH, Will Televise Saturday's Games

After months of negotiations, the Pac-12 Networks and DISH Network have agreed on a deal that will allow fans across the country to watch their games. The deal starts immediately, meaning all of the games scheduled to be played Saturday will be available to DISH subscribers.

As for DirecTV, the two parties have yet to come to an agreement and some have suggested it could still be a while before a resolution is reached. DISH is now the lone satellite TV provider with the Pac-12 Networks. As Brian Floyd mentions, this could be good news for those with DirecTV; now that the Pac-12 has leveraging with DISH, there's a chance their competitors lower their demands.

Here are all of the games that will be seen on Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, including Arizona's game with No. 18 Oklahoma State. Everyone will receive a free preview this weekend.

• Sacramento State at Colorado, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 445
• Eastern Washington at Washington State, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 446
• Southern Utah at California, 12:00 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• Fresno State at No. 4 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 413
• Duke at No. 25 Stanford, 7:30 p.m. PT, Ch. 445

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Arizona vs. Oklahoma State: Previewing The Cowboys' High-Flying Offense

Few programs in the country have been more successful than Oklahoma State the past few years. Armed with a high-flying offense and solid defense that is known for their takeaways, the Cowboys will present Arizona with a huge challenge on Saturday night.

Our Wildcats blog, AZ Desert Swarm, recently interviewed a couple of Oklahoma State bloggers. Here is what we should expect on Saturday night at Arizona Stadium when the Pokes have the football.

Replacing Weeden is true freshman Wes Lunt. Lunt enrolled last spring, and won the job during the spring camp. As far as replacing Blackmon, I don't really know who will show up. There are several players who could be "that guy", Charlie Moore, Tracey Moore, CJ Curry, but this year I feel like we will spread the ball around more. I believe it was the 2009 season we lost Dez after two games to some "indiscretions", and we spread the love to eight different receivers. I think it will be more like that (though, with much higher numbers, that year we only averaged 135 passing yards a game). As far as a leader, I think the team already looks to Lunt. He's been "the guy" all through the summer fall camp, so I think they'll respond to him (I hope).

Given the talent on offense for the Cowboys and the inexperience for Arizona's front-six, this game could get ugly late as the defense begins to wear down. This being said, UA should have the offensive firepower to make this a game and anything can happen in the fourth quarter with a fired up home crowd behind you.

For more on the Wildcats, be sure to check out AZ Desert Swarm.

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Arizona vs. Oklahoma State: What The Wildcats Must Do To Pull The Upset

Running the ball effectively and limiting turnovers are musts for the Wildcats this weekend.

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Arizona Vs Oklahoma State: Wildcats Release Injury Report

In advance of their game against Oklahoma State on Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats released their weekly injury report Thursday.

Only two players are listed as out for this Saturday's game, an improvement from last week when seven players were listed as out on the injury report.

Greg Nwoko remains out with a hip injury while Drew Robinson will also miss the game against Oklahoma State due to pneumonia. Linebacker Dakota Conwell is listed questionable this week after he missed last week's game with a foot injury. Hank Hobson and Dan Pettinato, who were listed as questionable and out last week, have been upgraded to probable this week.

The Wildcats will attempt to improve to 2-0 this season when they host No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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College Football Picks: Experts Like Oklahoma State Over Arizona

After a somewhat lackluster schedule to open the college football season last week, there are plenty of intriguing games this weekend. In what will be a nightcap for most of the country and a primetime showdown for the West Coast, the Arizona Wildcats and Oklahoma St. Cowboys will meet in Tucson.

Despite featuring a freshman quarterback making the first road start of his career, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have made the No. 18 Cowboys double-digit favorites. Let's see how the experts are picking this game.

Ted Miller of ESPN's Pac-12 blog:

Oklahoma State 35, Arizona 30. I suspect the Wildcats have a better shot than many suspect, playing at home against a freshman quarterback, with Matt Scott giving Arizona a significant advantage behind center. That said, the Wildcats' track record in two previous meetings as well as a questionable front seven makes it difficult to pull the trigger on an upset pick.

Kevin Gemmell of ESPN's Pac-12 blog:

Oklahoma State 45, Arizona 28. A nice win for the Wildcats last week, but the defense probably isn't ready yet for a high-powered offense like the Cowboys'.

CBS Sports had their seven experts and one computer simulation predict the game. Everyone except national blogger Tom Fornelli picked Oklahoma State.

SB Nation Studios' Dan Rubenstein made his Week 2 picks in the video below:

Kickoff from Arizona Stadium on Saturday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. PDT.

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Arizona vs. Oklahoma State: Wildcats Preparing For Explosive Cowboys Offense

The Arizona Wildcats like to work quickly on offense under new head coach Rich Rodriguez. The team tallied 624 yards against Toledo, which was the third-most in school history. This was not only a product of an offense with talented playmakers, but also one deep enough at the skill positions to run a lot of plays without fatiguing late.

The Oklahoma St. Cowboys also like to play at a high pace. They may have lost quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon to the NFL, but that hardly stopped them from scoring 84 points in the season opener against lowly Savannah State.

WIth a young, inexperienced defense on the field, Rodriguez is working diligently with his staff to determine the best course of action for this weekend's showdown.

"What concerns you is the amount of plays the defense will be playing," said Rodriguez. "You have to weigh that into your factor about the tempo, but at the same time tempo is such a big part of what we do. If we change our personality offensively, we aren't going to help ourselves if we don't score. We have to do whatever we can to score and the defense has to do whatever they can to stop them. It sounds simplistic but it's the truth."

Does the coaching staff stick to their high-tempo offense, or do they attempt to slow down Oklahoma State and limit their number of possessions? We'll find out just what the Wildcats have in store for the Cowboys on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

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College Football Rankings, Week 1: Arizona Gets Votes In Coaches' Poll

The USA Today Coaches' Poll Top 25 for Week 1 was released Tuesday, and the Arizona Wildcats found their way on the ballots of some voters. Arizona received six points in the poll after their season-opening overtime win over Toledo.

There are three Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 25. Stanford dropped three spots to No. 21, while USC rose up to No. 2 and received 14 first-place votes. The Oregon Ducks garnered one first-place vote and find themselves at No. 4.

The Washington Huskies just missed the rankings, finishing with the most votes outside of the Top 25. Based on the number of votes Arizona received, they could be considered No. 41.

The Wildcats will look to improve on their standing with a tough non-conference test against the 16th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT in Tuscon.

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Arizona Vs. Oklahoma State Odds: Wildcats Open As 11-Point Underdogs

Arizona faces a tough test in its second game against Oklahoma State, and as such, the Wildcats have opened as an 11-point underdog.

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