Breakdown: Arizona vs. Cal

With Cal facing Arizona in a must win, here is the breakdown as we see it:

Here is how see each unit: Offense

QB: Arizona. Willie Tuitama may be inconsistent, but so are Cal's Qbs. Nate Longshore just is not very good, but Jeff Tedford must see something in him if he is playing over Riley. We actually expect both to split playing time on Saturday and the solidity mixed in with experience gives Tuitama the edge.

RB: This really is not close. Jahvid Best is going to pose problems all day and if he does not, Shane Vereen will. The Golden Bears are top 5 in the country and it will show on Saturday.

WR: This is Arizona's biggest advantage. Both teams spread the ball around, but Arizona's weapons are simply better, especially when you include Rob Gronkowski here.

OL: Alex Mack gives Cal the easy advantage, as Arizona does not have a dominant lineman, Yes, Eben Britton is good, but Mack may be the best in the nation and the O-line as a whole averages over 300 pounds.


Defensive line: After allowing 286 yards rushing to Stanford, how could we possibly give the advantage to the Wildcats?

Linebackers: Sterling Lewis is the best player many have not heard of and the rest of Arizona's unit is solid. We definitelry like the Wildcats as far as linebackers go.

Secondary: Darian Hagan can talk all the trash he wants to, but the Wildcats are among the best in the nation. Mix that with the fact that Cal's receivers are not very good, and this one is easy.

Prediction: Cal's run game is the biggest advantage and it should give the Golden Bears the win. We like Cal, 35-24.

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