A new power in the South Division of the Pac 12? We will find out soon, when the Arizona Wildcats attempt to take a bite out of the Oregon Ducks. Will they do it? We will find out today.
GAME NOTES: A key Pac-12 matchup is on tap in Eugene this weekend, as the third-ranked Oregon Ducks welcome the 22nd-ranked Arizona Wildcats to Autzen Stadium for the conference-opener for both squads.
Chip Kelly has built a powerhouse in four years with the Ducks, who look as good as any team in the nation in the early stages of 2012. Oregon has opened the season with three straight wins thanks to a potent offensive attack. The Ducks have not posted less than 42 points thus far and enter this contest off a season-high 63-point eruption in a rout of Tennessee Tech last weekend.
Rich Rodriguez has brought his offensive scheme to Tucson and the Wildcats have bought in hook, line and sinker. Arizona boasts of one of the nation’s most productive offenses and the result is a perfect 3-0 start after last weekend’s 56-0 shutout of South Carolina State. This is the second ranked foe for Arizona, which dispatched Oklahoma State in the second week of the season, 59-38.
Oregon holds a 23-14 advantage in the all-time series with Arizona and won a shootout last year in Tucson, 56-31.
It hasn’t taken long for Rich Rodriguez to put his stamp on the Wildcats, as his current personnel on the offensive side of the ball have taken to his up- tempo spread offense with ease. Thus far, Arizona is averaging 46.3 ppg and doing so on a hefty 604.7 yards of total offense (fourth nationally). Last weekend, the team missed the school-record for yards in a game by two, rolling up 689 yards in the shutout of South Carolina State.
It all begins with the play of dual-threat senior QB Matt Scott. The veteran signal-caller is completing an impressive 71.5 percent of his passes this season, for 995 yards, with seven TDs and just one INT in the first three games. He is also averaging just over 63 yards per game on the ground, with two more scores.
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