These aren't your Colorado Buffaloes from a year ago -- or two, or three. Mike MacIntyre has the Buffs offense plugging along and averaging 30.9 points per game with sophomore Sefo Liufau leading the charge. CU is competent, if not reasonably good enough to win a Pac-12 game this season, and the Arizona Wildcats hope that doesn't mean their homecoming will be spoiled.
The Wildcats put together their worse offensive performance in the RIch Rodriguez era last week against UCLA, and be it the Bruins stellar defense coming together or UA simply failing to execute, 255 total yards wasn't enough to get it done -- it won't be this week, either.
MacIntyre will swear his defense is the youngest in the nation, and that can only mean good things for a Wildcats offense that should be refocused after failing to move the ball at UCLA. Anu Solomon can be better, but the run blocking, pass protections and pass catchers all have their issues to resolve.
Arizona returns to Tucson for its first game since Casey Skowron's field goal miss at the end of the fourth quarter gave USC a gritty road win and dirtied UA's perfect record.
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Arizona opened as a 17-point favorite but the line sits at 15.5 in some sports betting services, per OddsShark.com.
- This week's three keys for Arizona to The Fray.
- The fellows over at The Ralphie Report helped us understand more about Colorado's turnaround that's yet to show up in the win-loss column. Here's our Q&A with them and our answers to their questions over there.
- The Wildcats need to get the ground game rolling again. That will be a focal point against the Buffs.
- Arizona fell in the College Football Playoff poll following the 17-7 loss to UCLA, if that matters or means anything at this point.
- Can Scooby Wright make it three Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors in a row?