The University of Arizona, ranked 15th in the BCS, travels to Palo Alto this evening to play 13th-ranked Stanford in a must-win game for both squads. The Wildcats welcome the return of star QB Nick Foles, who has recovered from a knee injury. Stanford counters with QB Andrew Luck, a sure-fire NFL draft pick.
Our SBNation blogs have been busy this week writing about this exciting match-up. Lets take a few minutes and see what they are saying.
First, we head over to Rule of Tree, the Cardinal blog.
"Primetime" -- The Gameday set will be in Salt Lake City for the clash between Utah and TCU, but ABC is sending its lead announcing team of Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews to the Farm. More than three-fourths of the country will be treated to this game.
"Rose Bowl" -- The winner stays in the hunt for a BCS bowl bid. The loser starts hoping for a lot of help in the coming weeks.
"Train, Meet Wall" -- What happens when a prolific scoring offense (Stanford averages 42 points per game) meets a stingy scoring defense (Arizona allows 14 points per game)? We'll soon find out.
"Big Plays" -- Arizona head coach Mike Stoops says the Wildcats will have to play smart and avoid giving up big plays to beat Stanford. Last year's thriller featured a number of big plays and you should expect more of the same on Saturday. Stanford's Chris Owusu is due.
Over at AZ Desert Swarm, the mood is optimistic:
Arizona 37 - Stanford 34: Foles, if truly 100%, should have a great day against the Stanford secondary. Freshman DT Justin Washington will be back, and along with the best defensive line in the Pac-10 will be shutting down the run and hampering Stanford QB Andrew Luck all night long. This will be a good game. This will be a close game. But the difference will be the Arizona defense, which is better than any other on the Stanford schedule.
Will Arizona pull off the road upset, or will Stanford hold their ground? This exciting game will surely entertain. Outside of the Utah/TCU tilt, I believe this is the marquee match-up off the week.