Arizona will be tested this week when it faces a Cal team that is looking to redeem itself after getting blown out at the expense of Nevada. Riding an emotional high, UA must find a way to stay level and head into Saturday's game focused on the task at hand.
There is no doubt that the win over Iowa was a big step in the right direction for the Wildcats, but now the real important part of the schedule hits as Pac-10 play has arrived.
Cal has a very viable offense centered around quarterback Kevin Riley and running back Shane Vereen. The inconsistent Riley has been known to be erratic at times, but can lead an offense to a lot of points if he is on his game.
Vereen is picking up the slack left behind by Jahvid Best. Despite losing the electrifying back to the NFL, the Golden Bears have been very successful with Vereen as he has ran for 324 yards, six touchdowns and averages 6.6 yards per carry.
Cal is averaging 45 points per game and is putting up over 450 yards of total offense per contest.
The Golden Bears looked very strong on defense over the first two weeks of the season, but Nevada made the Golden Bears look silly last week. The Wolf Pack scored 52 points and put up nearly 500 yards of total offense - over 300 of which came on the ground.
Expect Cal to come out determined this weekend. This is a team that looked very strong in its first two games, but looked lost a week ago. If the Golden Bears come out and perform as they did in their first two matchups they have a very good chance a knocking off the Wildcats.
The key is how Arizona prepares. If UA comes in cocky and thinks it can just cruise its way to victory, the Golden Bears can sneak out of Tucson with a victory. But if the Wildcats are focused and determined, there is no reason to believe they won't win Saturday
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