Staff Predictions: Oklahoma State

Arizona is looking for an upset Thursday night. Does the staff feel it can get it? Read on to find out.

The staff got off to a good start last week with its predictions. Will it last again?

Jason Nimrichter: Arizona has too many issues to overcome on both sides of the ball to go on the road and beat a top-10 team.

Oklahoma State's offense is too potent for the Wildcats defense to handle due to the fact that it can either run the ball or be effective in the air.

With the questions that Arizona has in its running game and on the defensive side of the ball, it is hard to see it finding those answers on the road against such a strong team.

Oklahoma State 49, Arizona 27

Overall: 1-0

Blake Keathley: On paper, these two teams are very similar. Both feature high powered offenses with experienced quarterbacks, and each has a star receiver capable of taking over a game.

Both UA and OSU have inexperience in the front seven, and the secondary is the strength of both team's defenses. However, with Juron Criner out, the Arizona offense takes a significant hit and will be forced to rely on receivers, that while they have shown the can produce, have not shown they can dominate a game the way Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, and the other Oklahoma State receivers can.

Add to that the emergence of Joseph Randle as a potential every down back, and the Cowboys have more problems than the Wildcats have solutions for.

UA hangs close, but the home field advantage in Stillwater and the balance offensively for OSU carries it to victory.

Oklahoma State 38, Arizona 24

Overall 1-0

Jason Scheer: This has the feeling of the type of game that Arizona puts up a better fight in than people expect. The Wildcats lost last year's game due to turnovers and if it takes care of the ball, it will have a chance.

Still, avoiding turnovers on the road is not easy and Arizona will have to dominate time of possession as well. If the corners can handle press coverage and do a solid job on Oklahoma State's receivers, the UA has a chance.

Oklahoma State 27, Arizona 17

Overall: 1-0.

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