What is it about Texas San-Antonio and Arizona? Does Rich Rod have some kind of deal with the Roadrunners not to blow them out or something. For the second consecutive year, Texas San-Antonio gave Arizona all they could handle. In similar fashion, the Roadrunners hung around, being a pesty bunch against the Wildcats. Texas San-Antonio were not a bad team last season to start the season out, before injuries hit them hard. So, last season was easier to understand, they get a bunch of seniors leading the way. However, Texas San-Antonio lost more players in the offseason than most every program in the nation. The Arizona defense allowed 32 points to their 42 points. Enough to win the game of course, but it wasn’t the most impressive showing for a team that needs to solidify their defense in 2015. Losing All-American Scooby Wright for up to a month isn’t going to make matters that much better. Wright is a fixture at linebacker for the Wildcats and losing him does present additional problems for Arizona. The Wildcats will make the short trip to Reno, north of Arizona in Nevada.
The Nevada program still has Colin Kaepernick’s name written all over it. Kaepernick wasn’t even the biggest name when he was in college. I’m sure a lot of people don’t even know where Kaepernick went to school, if you’re not a Nevada or 49ers fan. Heck, I imagine if I asked some 49er fans they don’t even know where he went to school. In any case, though, the Kaepernick era is long gone in Nevada. They do still run the same offense. Kaepernick was the perfect guy for a pistol attack. The Wolf Pack have had some quarterbacks that could run with the ball, but none that duplicate Kaepernick’s ability to pass downfield. Nevada welcomes Tyler Campbell to the controls this season. It will be Campbell’s first year as the starter after three years backing up. Campbell finally gets his chance as the starter, after a light opponent last week, UC Davis, he’ll have the chance to prove his worth against a real contender in week 2. The Wildcats counter with the talented Anu Solomon at quarterback.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Nevada Wolf Pack College Football Pick
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Arizona vs. Nevada Pick
Solomon came on the scene last season as a budding superstar in Tucson. The freshman who went to high school in Las Vegas, gets a return trip to Nevada against the Wolf Pack this weekend. Solomon passed for 3793 yards on 28 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. That is pretty impressive stuff for a freshman walking into his first season at a big school in Arizona. Like I said in my article last week, Solomon reminds me quite a bit of Russel Wilson. I do feel like that if Solomon was in a traditional offense, like Wilson was in at Wisconsin and North Carolina State, it would have benefited him more. They are about the same size and play similar football in the sense that Solomon, like Wilson, can pull back the ball and make it work with his feet, yet not having to rely on his running abilities. I’m not saying Solomon is going to have a career like Russel Wilson has had in the NFL, or if he is even going to make it as a quarterback at the next level, but he does have similar tools.
Solomon got off to a fast start to 2015, sending out 4 touchdowns to his receivers with 229 yards passing. I assume he could have had more, but Arizona didn’t need him to dish the ball around against Texas San-Antonio. I expect around 300 yards from Solomon this week against Nevada. Arizona should be able to score some more points in this game, probably hitting over 40 points once again this week. Offense isn’t the problem, but the defense, notably without Scooby Wright is a big blow. The loss of Wright hurts, and what is behind him on the depth chart is a problem as well. The Wildcat’s backup is injured as well, which leaves 3rd stringer Haden Gregory at middle linebacker. Against a pistol offense, which Gregory hasn’t had to play too much versus, may pose some problems for Arizona. The Cats got lit up by a bunch of guys on Texas San-Antonio that were just trying to find their way and get comfortable with their new personnel. This one should slide OVER the total of 63 which I think if a few points to low.
PICK: OVER 63 POINTS (-110)