Stoops talks about Stanford

In addition to being happy with his team, Arizona coach Mike Stoops also realizes that the Wildcats will have a difficult game against Stanford.

In addition to being happy with his team, Arizona coach Mike Stoops also realizes that the Wildcats will have a difficult game against Stanford.

"We are ready to move on to Stanford, which will be a much more contested game across the board," Stoops said.

"They are very talented and physical in the way they like to run the football. Defensively they are going to make you work hard and attempt to stop the run. We are going to have to be smart in our preparation and how we attack them throughout this game."

One of the main reasons Stoops is concerned is because Stanford has the reputation of being an efficient team.

"They just don't beat themselves," he said. "It is just the style they play. They try to get explosive plays, but they are difficult to get sometimes, so they are methodical in their approach. They are going to be very particular in how they attack you.

In fact, an argument can be made that Stanford has one of the more underrated players in the country in Toby Gerhart.

"He brings that physical presence to their offense," Stoops said. "He is a power running back and likes to run downhill and break tackles. That's his strength. He has good balance and understands their offense very well.

"He understands who he is and does not try to be anything but that. We are going to have to make sure our tackling becomes very important when you play Stanford because they like to run the football."

Arizona will have a very difficult game on Saturday and judging by Monday's comments, the Wildcats are fully aware of that fact.

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