Game Of The Week: Stanford-Arizona
Dave Razzano breaks down the game and the players to watch for. He is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).
Stanford (2-0) at Arizona (1-1)
7:45 p.m. PT / ESPN
Stanford Players To Watch
WO Chris Owusu - very good speed and hands. Big play threat. Also one of the top kick returners in the nation.
TE Coby Fleener - the talented senior pass catcher will definitely play on Sundays. Savvy route runner with speed and great hands.
OT Jonathan Martin - Gifted pass protector combines size and agility to make him one of the top five OT's in college football.
DS Delano Howell - The physical defender is always around the ball and is a consistent open field tackler. Smart and plays with very good field awareness.
LB Chase Thomas - Intense player who plays with high effort from snap to whistle. Has an impact in every game, especially as a situational pass rusher.
Arizona Players To Watch
WO Dan Buckner - The University of Texas transfer caught 10 balls last week after replacing the injured Juron Criner. Has ability to pluck the ball in traffic with his 6-foot-4 frame.
RB Keola Antolin - The Wildcats need a strong game from this quick and shifty runner in order to compete with the Cardinal. He is a no-nonsense runner who gets to top speed in a hurry.
DE CJ Parish - His ability to pressure opposing QB's will be needed against Andrew Luck and co. His quick first step and high energy should keep him in the enemy backfield.
DC Trevin Wade - leader of the Wildcat secondary, he shows good hip flexibility and cover instincts in his play. Needs to improve his tackling.
DC Robert Golden - The most aggressive DB on the Arizona roster, will have to take some chances in the pass game to create a turnover or two. Physical tackler who comes to play.
A night game in Tucson, Ariz. is not an easy task for any opponent and is one of the more underrated venues in the country in terms of home field advantage, as the "sea of red" crowd is very loud from start to finish, especially if the game is close. It should be quite the aerial display as QB's Andrew Luck and Nick Foles are two of the more accomplished passers in the country.
Stanford is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and can score points in a hurry. Arizona should keep it close for awhile but in order to stay in the game, their defense will have to force some turnovers to keep the ball out of Luck's hands. Arizona All American WO Juron Criner is day-to-day after undergoing an appendectomy last week and his presence would be a huge plus for the Wildcats. They must get their run game going to chew up clock and keep the explosive Cardinal offense off the field. Arizona is always tough at home and should keep the game close in to the second half.