Welcome back to the Three Keys to Victory for the Arizona Wildcats. You may remember last time, we gave you the bold prediction that Tra'Mayne Bondurant would see significant playing time, and well, that definitely happened.
This week's version of 'Three Keys' came down to two musical acts once again. The drummer for Night Ranger is apparently from Eugene, which put them in the running. And who doesn't love a little Sister Christian?
But it was an easy choice for me to go with singer-songwriter Mat Kearney. Even if you don't think you know who Mat Kearney is, you've definitely heard his songs on the radio for the last ten years. You just don't know it yet.
So how does Arizona pull off the upset over the Oregon Ducks? Let the singer-songwriter share with you his undeniable wisdom. Because there really is nothing left to lose at this point.
Two years ago, the trip to Eugene was quite the trainwreck, especially in the second half. For some reason, Arizona and Anu Solomon have been more of a second-half team this year, so that trend will need to continue to have a chance and to avoid another trainwreck. But this offense is built for that, much more so than two years ago.
2. In the Middle...
...of the linebackers is none other than Scooby Wright, and his execution will be crucial for Arizona to withstand the storm that is Marcus Mariota. I would guess that Scooby's responsibility on almost every defensive snap Thursday night will be to make sure Mariota does not take off, and that there is always at least Wright's pair of eyes on him at all times. Look for a lot of numbers put up by Scooby.
3. Fire and Rain
Arizona will need to be able to establish the rushing game early to set up the air attack. I would expect Terris Jones-Grigsby to start at running back as Nick Wilson makes his way back from his concussion suffered against Cal. But the lack of rushing yards against Cal was mostly on the offensive line. The o-line needs to get back to its non-conference ways and bully the Oregon d-line.
Once the ground game (rain) is established, than the over-the-top passes (fire) to Cayleb Jones, Austin Hill, and DaVonte' Neal on play-action are all of the sudden a lot easier to execute. If Anu can get a deep completion early in the game to settle him down, we could be staring down another major upset.