Staff Predictions: Week Eight

Arizona faces Cal on Saturday afternoon. Read on to see how WildcatAuthority sees the game playing out.

Scott Coleman: For the second week in a row, Arizona hits the road for a conference game in which it will be considered heavy favorites. While there's always the chance of a letdown with a huge game against UCLA waiting in the wings, Rich Rodriguez and the coaching staff appear to have the Wildcats focused and not looking down the road.

Given how well B.J. Denker, Ka'Deem Carey and co. have moved the ball in recent weeks, UA should be able to pick apart Cal's young and banged up defense, which ranks 123rd nationally in scoring defense.

Outside of their season opener against Northwestern, the Golden Bears have been blown out by every FBS foe they've faced.

Look for Carey to have another huge game as the Cats win with relative ease.

Arizona 38, Cal 19

Overall: 6-1

Michael Luke: Cal fans have reason for optimism, as Sonny Dykes is a very a good coach who has a track record of producing explosive offenses.

Although the Golden Bears are struggling now, there is a wealth of young offensive skill talent that should, in time, help turn the Bears' offense into a prolific unit.

Defensively, Cal fans should be a little concerned. There is very little talent on that side of the ball and it figures to shown in a big way Saturday.

Arizona 41, Cal 17

Overall: 6-1

Jason Scheer: This game should be somewhat scary for Arizona fans because of Cal's ability to move the ball. When a team can pass like Cal, it feels like it is a matter of time until there is just one game where it comes together.

However, I am not sure Cal can stop Arizona's offense. Carey should be able to have his way with the Golden Bears' defense and it would not be a surprise to see Denker have a career day in the air.

I look for this game to be offensively charged until the Wildcats pull away late.

Arizona 45, Cal 31

Overall: 7-0

Cody James Martin: Many people think this game will be closer than it needs to be, but I'm not one of them.

Cal has a very good passing game, but it is still missing many vital pieces. The Golden Bears turn the ball over too much and struggle in the red zone.

Arizona may give up a big play or two, but that shouldn't factor into the game very much.

Cal also has a defense that gives up tons of yard each weekend. The Wildcats are coming off a weekend in which they had a tremendous pile of yards and points.

Arizona is catching its stride at just the right time and the momentum should carry it straight through Berkeley.

I expect Ka'Deem Carey to rush for over 150 yards, but I also expect B. J. Denker to have a big game through the air as the Wildcats run away with this one.

Arizona 45, California 20

Overall: 6-1

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