Each and every week this season, 'Three Keys' for the Arizona Wildcats winning that week has been based on music from the city of the team the Cats are playing, which is why I've been looking forward to this week for a long time.
This is also the first time we actually venture into the state of Washington, since for the WSU game, I used Josh Ritter, who is actually from Idaho.
Seattle definitely has the best musical history outside of Los Angeles in the conference, and is up there in the entire country. I mean, we're looking at iconic bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Minus the Bear, Jimi Hendrix, Heart, and Macklemore just to name a few.
But this week's act for 'Three Keys' is going to be Death Cab For Cutie. Ben Gibbard is a musical genius, and the time I saw Death Cab play at Mesa Amphitheater in 2008 is still the single-greatest live show I have ever seen and heard. That was right after the album Narrow Stairs came out, which included the song "I Will Possess Your Heart" among others. Everything about that show was just ridiculous and amazing. Plans is still probably my favorite entire album ever made.
But let's cut to the chase. Here are three reasons why Arizona will prove my hypotheses after many of you finish drinking champagne from a paper cup while tailgating with styrofoam plates and showing off that summer skin.
1. Line of Best Fit
I would expect to see many defensive line combinations throughout the game on Saturday, especially with nose tackle Parker Zellers being listed as questionable on this week's injury report. With this game being on national TV, and in the middle of the afternoon on the east coast, this may be the first time a lot of people will get to see Scooby Wright, and there's a real chance he'll have his best game of the season. He saw great success essentially playing defensive end against Washington State. Expect to see a lot of that again this week.
2. Different Names For The Same Thing
With the injury report referenced above containing so many names, Arizona is going to have to rely on some guys that aren't used to seeing the field on Saturdays. If some of these guys, like Devin Holiday, Jamar Allah, Anthony Lopez, and Tyrell Johnson are incapable of filling in competently, the Wildcats could have some major problems on their hands.
3. The Sound of Settling
One thing that has been a constant theme this year is Arizona's lack of success in the redzone on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats are 89th in the country in redzone offense (79.5%) and 109th (last in the Pac-12) in redzone defense (89.7%). This has made games a lot more interesting than they should have been, and of course, cost the team the USC game. This lack of execution needs to go away now, especially with such high stakes on the line moving forward the next three weeks.