September 25, 2007
The Wild Cat
The Arizona Wildcat football team will be looking into a mirror at Arizona Stadium in Tucson on Saturday. On the other side of that mirror will be the Washington State University football team. Both teams feature high-yardage offenses and poor-performing defense - much to the consternation of Arizona head coach Mike Stoops, who has always prided himself on the Wildcats' prowess on that side of the ball.
"Both teams reflect each other in that, offensively, we can move the ball," acknowledges Stoops of the offensive comparison.
While the potential for a raucous offensive game with massive amounts of yardage accumulation is about the same for both teams, the big difference has been the point production. Providing they are not playing against USC's defense, the Cougars have generally been able to find the end zone, but the Wildcats have not, averaging only 27 points per game. "Only" 27 points per game would be good for some conferences, but in the Pac-10, it counts as last place among all the league members.
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