Arizona's schedule calls for success

Arizona coach Mike Stoops may still be learning on the sidelines but he has definitely gotten the schedule right for the first time.

Arizona coach Mike Stoops may still be learning on the sidelines but he has definitely gotten the schedule right for the first time.

Away games at LSU and BYU are very difficult starts to a season but this year there is no reason why the UA should not start successfully. With the first game being against Idaho, Arizona should be able to run the Vandals off the field.

Stoops was trying to give Idaho credit after the scrimmage on Wednesday but it was of no use. Idaho is a bad squad and there really is no way around, especially considering the top defensive threat is gone from a team that frankly did not play any defense.

In fact, the schedule is perfect in that sense. Idaho and Toledo play very little defense and Arizona's offense is potent. The UA should be able to work out any problems in the offense while also completely dominating the opposition.

Make no mistake about it, there are some problems. Matt Scott is struggling and looks as if he may not play as much as we previously thought. He is pushing too much and making some throws that he has no business making.

In addition, the receivers are dropping too many passes. It is the same problem that plagued the UA offense last year and nothing seems to have changed. After the scrimmage, offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes was pretty upset with his receivers.

Chances are that Juron Criner and David Douglas will get more playing time than originally anticipated because they have been two of the more consistent receivers. It is a shame that a freshman can come in and earn a starting job so easily, but it is also nice that the UA is bringing in such talent.

Of course, none of these will likely be problems come the early schedule. Even with these deficiencies, Arizona is still much better than the competition and thus should have people talking with a 3-0 start.

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