NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Breaking down Stanford vs Arizona
November 5, 2010, 02:33 AM
Max - The winner has a shot at a piece of the Pac-10 title and possibly a Rose Bowl birth, while the loser is most-likely to win a trip to a Spurs game. Both teams come into the game with 1 loss, both suffered to Pac-10 teams. It seems as though Stanford has the advantage in numerous aspects coming into the game. Arizona is coming off of a weak showing against UCLA, while Stanford is coming off a blowout/shutout in Seattle. Stanford will also be hosting the Wildcats and while Arizona lost at home to an underwhelming Oregon State team, Stanford lost to the #1 team in the nation on the road.

Dal ??? Stanford is usually pretty solid at home, but lets not forget that they needed a last second field goal (along with a badly timed personal foul penalty)to beat USC. The difference between Arizona???s loss and Stanford???s is that Arizona was a missed Alex Zendejas FG away from a victory, Stanford blew an 18pt 2nd quarter lead by getting outscored 49-10 from that point on. Also Arizona didn???t have a weak showing against UCLA, they just shot themselves in the foot with two red-zone turnovers and gave up two long TD passes. They actually gained 1 more yard against UCLA than Oregon did, while simultaneously holding UCLA to well under half of their season rushing average....


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November 5, 2010  02:39 AM ET

OK, that's not too bad. Maybe you should try to recruit someone from each teams' market to write about that team. And finding an editor. There's no excuse for confusing the homonyms "birth" and "berth".

Seriously, good luck. I'll check you guys out after the games this weekend.

November 5, 2010  02:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

OK, that's not too bad. Maybe you should try to recruit someone from each teams' market to write about that team. And finding an editor. There's no excuse for confusing the homonyms "birth" and "berth". Seriously, good luck. I'll check you guys out after the games this weekend.

Yeah, I didn't actually catch the misplaced word yet. I'm actually Dal, so at least my part was good! :)

But yeah, we have 6 writers so far, each of us are covering 2 teams right now (I'm a UofA grad and I get stuck with ASU as well). We're always looking out for new writers though so maybe we can all just focus on having one per team. Also I'll be doing the editing (since I have a BA in Journalism or all things), I guess starting with that one you already pointed out!

November 5, 2010  02:46 AM ET

*of all things... it's late, cut me some slack!

November 5, 2010  04:06 AM ET

Just poking a little fun. It's a lot easier to be critical than it is to create something. You're doing the harder job here. If I can offer a suggestion that isn't a criticism, is it really wise to have the same person write about rival teams? It's got to be much harder to be objective if you're writing about your team and your team's arch rival. Since it's a blog and not rigorous journalism I know objectivity isn't required. But it's got to be difficult not allowing bias to creep into your comments. Don't you think?

Reason #2112 why I love college football: Fans so rabid they'll write seriously about teams they hate just to hype the teams they like.

November 5, 2010  08:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Just poking a little fun. It's a lot easier to be critical than it is to create something. You're doing the harder job here. If I can offer a suggestion that isn't a criticism, is it really wise to have the same person write about rival teams? It's got to be much harder to be objective if you're writing about your team and your team's arch rival. Since it's a blog and not rigorous journalism I know objectivity isn't required. But it's got to be difficult not allowing bias to creep into your comments. Don't you think?Reason #2112 why I love college football: Fans so rabid they'll write seriously about teams they hate just to hype the teams they like.

Good points. Also interesting stats on the Zona UCLA game, didn't watch that one other than the occasional flip to it.

November 5, 2010  01:39 PM ET

Andrew Luck is so smart and ready for Arizona. Arizona has a mild QB controversy which will tear them apart. AZ has a great D-line that has been over looked but come on now! LUCK is going to get it going. If he can run for 40+ yards on washington he will be able to get at least a 30 yard run on AZ!

Arizona is playing for such huge bragging rights and a chance for the rose bowl! Arizona should still be undefeated!

November 5, 2010  02:17 PM ET

I don't get how you can make a comparison between what Luck did against Washington and how he will do against Arizona. The Wildcat defense is on a totally different level from the Husky defense. As for the QB controversy, I haven't seen any evidence of it being a "controversy". Foles is the starter, Scott will get a few series.

November 5, 2010  02:59 PM ET

No question, the Arizona defense is *much* better than UW. The game will come down to how well the Stanford defense plays. The UW game gave them a lot of confidence, and playing at home to a packed stadium will just add more.

Unfortunately for me, I'm on the record in another thread saying Stanford will win by 18. That's the homer in me talking. Arizona is a much better team than that. Stanford might have trouble covering the official spread. (which is 9.5)

November 5, 2010  03:04 PM ET

Lets not also forget that Stanford didn't exactly shut down the USC offense at the Farm. They needed a last second FG to win after they let let SC drive down the field to take the lead with a little more than a minute left.

November 5, 2010  04:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Lets not also forget that Stanford didn't exactly shut down the USC offense at the Farm. They needed a last second FG to win after they let let SC drive down the field to take the lead with a little more than a minute left.

This is true. But as they say, "a win is a win".

I'd wish you luck and all tomorrow except of course I wouldn't mean it. :-) But once the game is done I'll be happy to buy the first round.

November 5, 2010  04:33 PM ET

Lets just hope for another great game to make people realize how awesome the Pac-10 is!

November 5, 2010  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Lets just hope for another great game to make people realize how awesome the Pac-10 is!

Agreed!

I started another thread just now about the 2011 Pac-12 football schedule. It's on pac-10.org. Go check it out, I think you'll find lots of interesting matchups for next year. And a ton of Thursday night games too.

November 5, 2010  04:44 PM ET

Heh, I almost started the same thread in these forums but I wouldn't want to be accused of spamming again.

http://www.12pacblog.com/?p=250

 
November 6, 2010  01:30 PM ET

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