October 12, 2006

Stanford Preview: Defense

Every week Arizona faces a new "most important game of the season" and this week it will be fellow Pac-10 bottom dweller Stanford. This game is so important for Arizona because a win could cascade into a winning streak with the Wildcats facing the weakest part of their schedule, but a loss could be devastating mentally for the Cats and fans alike.

The good news is that Arizona's weak offense will go against perhaps the weakest defense in the Pac-10 thus giving the Wildcats the opportunity to finally make plays both in the air and on the ground.

The most crucial area to keep an eye on this Saturday will be the Cardinal defensive line. Stanford gives up on average 269.7 yards per game on the ground to opposing teams thus far this season.

Arizona has yet to rush for positive yards so far in Pac-10 play. If Arizona struggles running the ball against the Cardinals then the Wildcats will lose the football game, no questions asked.

Stanford runs a 3-4 defense and the line consists of defensive ends Chris Horn (6-5, 270 lbs.) and Pannel Egboh (6-6, 280 lbs.) and nose tackle Ekom Udofia. Despite Stanford's big defensive ends, they have had trouble getting to the quarterback all season. Between the two Stanford only has two sacks this season.

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