Most of us picked Arizona to lose last week, so here’s a look at our latest standings:
But can the Wildcats pull off the unlikely win this week? Our predictions are below, but you can make your pick right here:
Gabe Encinas: It’s hard to top teams in the Pac-12 South and UCLA is no exception. Rich Rodriguez is 0-4 against the Bruins and I’m sure that has been a constant thought in his head all throughout the week. There are a ton of injuries this week for Arizona and it’s pretty scary to think about what a team could do to expose the Cats. We thought it was going to happen last week with Washington and ended up being pleasantly surprised despite the loss.
I just don’t see Arizona pulling this one off. I could see yet another close game, but having a true road game for the first time this season, plus all the shake ups right now just doesn’t sit well with me.
UCLA 38 - Arizona 16
Alec Sills-Trausch: U of A just doesn’t do well against UCLA regardless of where they play. While the Bruins didn’t look good last week vs. Stanford, not many teams do look good against them. U of A’s lack of a rushing attack will haunt them here, even if Brandon Dawkins continues to feel more comfortable in the pocket.
UCLA 24 - Arizona 18
Brandon Combs: So...UCLA is one team Arizona hasn't been able to figure out. The ‘Cats have to get pressure and contain Josh Rosen, plus they have to improve their tackling to have a chance in this game. If they can stop Soso Jamabo it could tip to Arizona’s favor.. I think the Cats will fight and it'll be close.
UCLA 24 - Arizona 28
Drake Horner: Rosen is a great talent, but he hasn’t been spectacular to date. UCLA was a very bad matchup for Arizona the last few years, but is a new QB and a new defense enough? I was a field goal away from getting the upset pick right last week and I really wanna pick Arizona to win this week, but there are too many questions to do so. I think Arizona keeps it close, but UCLA pulls away in the end.
UCLA 24- Arizona 21
Steve Apter: Under Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats have lost all four meetings against UCLA, and are 7-11 in Pac-12 road games. UCLA’s brand of football under Jim Mora Jr. has emphasized a weakness of U of A’s: physicality. Paul Perkins did whatever he wanted to against Arizona in last year’s matchup and while he is a talented runner, systemically UCLA has a formula for Arizona’s tempo. In two trips to Pasadena, Rodriguez’s Cats have been outscored 83-17.
Brandon Dawkins takes a step backwards in his first game away from Tucson, especially without much of a running game. Arizona’s defense struggles to get off the field, Arizona’s offense lacks the continuity for sustained drives and forces the defense into bad situations. Bold Prediction: Both teams feel each other out for a few drives, Arizona’s defense gets a key stop, and Dawkins promptly turns it over in UCLA territory, and Arizona struggles to build momentum after that.
UCLA 38 - Arizona 17
David Potts: As I mentioned in the preview earlier this week, I don’t think UCLA matches up well with the Wildcats - they’re not great at stopping the run, and that’s the key to slowing down Arizona. That said, the talent disparity and injury situation still means UCLA pulls out the win.
UCLA 38, Arizona 31
Ryan Kelapire: Winning on the road in the Pac-12 is a tall task, not to mention that UCLA has Rich Rodriguez’s number. I do think it’ll be a close — and possibly ugly — game though. If Arizona’s running backs were healthy, I’d consider the upset pick a bit more, but that’s not the case, so I have the Bruins winning.
UCLA 31, Arizona 21
Jason Bartel: I don’t know why I’ve felt this way this week, but I think this is the time Rich Rodriguez gets the UCLA monkey off his back. The Bruins have been struggling the past couple of weeks, and really, is Arizona’s run game really that much worse? I mean, if you have Dawkins running the ball on the outside, and then you can smash it up the middle with Zach Green, there’s not a huge dropoff. I think running back is the position you can afford injuries.
If Tellas Jones is indeed back this week, that’ll add some much-needed playmaking ability to the defense, and will allow for the “upset”.
Arizona 34 - UCLA 30