Two teams in desperate need of a W

ARIZONA LIMPS INTO Reser on Saturday to face the Beavs, with both teams desperately looking to arrest a backwards slide. OSU, unable to put the ball in the end zone, is a one-point underdog according to Las Vegas. And the Wildcats, who have been doing an uncanny impression on D these days of a human turnstile, can't keep anyone from piling on the points. Something, as they say, has got to give.

And something, it seems clear this season, is broken out in Tucson.

Mike Stoops and crew put in tons of man hours scheming for Oregon, starting all the way back in February. And finally, after months and months of preparation, when it came time to play the game, the Ducks ripped off two touchdowns in record time the first two times they touched the ball.

Stoops and his coaching staff 'lo those months and months, they could have just stayed home, the 56-31 score might not have looked all that different in the end. Says one longtime Arizona observer of the 2011 Wildcats, "They just don't have quite enough speed or athleticism at enough spots this year."

The 1-4 Wildcats have surrendered 178 points in their four losses. USC quarterback Matt Barkley this past Saturday against UA threw for a program-record 468 yards and the Trojans gained 582 total hashes. USC scored on all but three drives and never punted.

Arizona is winless in three Pac-12 games, and hasn't defeated a FBS team since last Halloween.

Nick Foles is still as good as he ever was, though his surrounding cast is lacking in a few key areas. Still, defense is where the primary concerns lie. In four losses, UA is allowing a staggering 564.75 yards per game.

For the season, the Wildcats are allowing teams to complete 74 percent of their passes.

But they're never quite out of any game, with Foles back there under center. After USC had seemed to put the game to bed, Foles and Arizona came back with a vengeance and made it interesting, climbing to within seven points twice down the stretch.

Foles connected on 41 of 53 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns against USC. Oregon State must put pressure on Foles early and throughout, or it could be a long day. It doesn't look to be easy, the Wildcats' o-line Saturday allowed only one sack and cleared the way for some substantial lanes for the team's running backs (129 yards).

Oregon State (0-4) will be playing a foe at home who, if the Beavs can start fast, might start hanging their head a little early. Arizona is mentally beat up, and there's a sense of ‘oh no, here we go again' hanging over the program.

Stoops' demeanor on the sidelines have mirrored his defense's play – unorganized and undisciplined.

"We lack (defensive) playmakers. Right now we are young and inexperienced up front with our defensive line and linebackers…We continue to break down in the secondary and at the linebacker positions, and that's an issue in giving up big plays," said Mike Stoops.

Some have begun to cry for Stoops' dismissal (again). The Associated Press had him as No. 6 on their hot list the other day. ESPN college football analyst Mark May has said he thinks the team might quit on Stoops if the losses continue to grow.

But it still doesn't feel like there's all that much to it, all the Stoops firing talk, at least not yet. Winless Oregon State knocking off UA on Saturday, however, could change that in a hurry.

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