Despite Arizona defeating NAU 77-13 on Saturday night, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez knows that the Wildcats need to play better in order to defeat UCLA.
“I wasn’t really happy with our focus at the beginning of the game and our execution wasn’t there," Rodriguez said. "The guys corrected some things and played pretty well later on.
"We have gotten better each week in certain phases, but I think there are a lot of things that we need to get better at. We struggled defensively a little bit and I need to watch the film and see what the issues were.
"We are going to be playing some really big skilled players in the conference, so we have to get that straightened up.”
There will be plenty of attention on the possibility of Scooby Wright returning, but Rodriguez isn't going to make any excuses.
“We have a couple guys who got banged up," he said. "I don’t know if Cayleb (Jones) or Samajie (Grant) could have gone back in or not, but with the way the game was going we gave them some rest in the second half.
"I don’t know if we are going to get anybody back that has been injured, but I’m sure that every team has some injury issues and I don’t know if we have anyone else hurt today.”
Rodriguez certainly isn't the only one that knows beating UCLA will be a tough task.
“UCLA plays tough every year," wide receiver David Richards said. "I know they like to play a lot of man-coverage and really get in your face. We just have to come out and be physical this week, and execute on both ends.”
Defensively, the Wildcats will have to contain one of the best running backs in the country in Paul Perkins.
“They are obviously a good team, I think they are top-ten in the nation," Arizona safety Anthony Lopez said. "They have a really good quarterback and running back, and they have good receivers coming back.
"We just have to train as hard as we can for them and game-plan better than we have before because it is a whole different level of play now since it is Pac-12. Going against a big team is going to be a big challenge, but I think we will be able to get it done.”