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.

--

For more on the Arizona Wildcats, make sure to check out Arizona Desert Swarm. For more on the Pac-12, head on over to Pacific Takes, and for more on college football in general, please check out SB Nation's dedicated college football hub.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Arizona

You must be a member of SB Nation Arizona to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Arizona. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.