What we learned from Saturday

Although the Iowa game is over, we learned plenty about Arizona from it. While Mike Stoops somewhat downplayed the significance of the game due to the fact that it was not a Pac-10 affair, the reality of the situation is that it told us a lot about the Arizona Wildcats.

Although the Iowa game is over, we learned plenty about Arizona from it. While Mike Stoops somewhat downplayed the significance of the game due to the fact that it was not a Pac-10 affair, the reality of the situation is that it told us a lot about the Arizona Wildcats.

For starters, it showed us that the UA goes far beyond its offensive firepower. Make no mistakes about it, the offense is absolutely the strength of this team. However, the Wildcats are winning right now because of defense and special teams as well.

The offense only scored two touchdowns against Iowa and one of those touchdowns was due to a blocked punt.

Without the play of David Roberts blocking the punt, Travis Cobb returning a kick off, or Justin Washington blocking an extra point, the UA never wins Saturday's game. Instead of talking about what the future holds and how special Arizona can be this season, we are already focusing on what could have been.

We also learned plenty about the coaching staff on Saturday. No disrespect to Sonny Dykes or Mark Stoops, but there seems to be improvement on both sides of the ball with them gone.

Tim Kish is a much more aggressive play caller and it definitely paid off at the end of the game when the defensive line dominated Iowa's powerful offensive line.

The linebackers are much more aggressive in their schemes and much of that has to do with the fact that it seems the coaching staff is much more confident in its personnel.

Offensively, there seems to be no drop off whatsoever. In fact, this offense goes much deeper than it did one year ago and there seems to be a bit more creativity as well. Arizona is using all of its players and it is even more difficult to cover than it was under Dykes.

The scary part for opposition is that the offensive staff is still learning and once it reaches its peak, an argument can be made for it being one of the top five offenses in college football.

Of course, none of this means anything without a win over California on Saturday. However, we now know that the Wildcats are good enough to get it done and that makes for an interesting rest of the season.

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