Factors in the Arizona Game

There are some interesting factors concerning the UCLA-Arizona match-up this weekend: While UCLA has won five of the last six games between the schools, the Bruins are just 5-5 in Tucson over the last 20 years...


-- UCLA travels to Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats Saturday at 12:30. The game will be televised by ABC, with Dan Fouts, Tim Brant and Todd Harris calling the action.

-- UCLA is 5-3, and 4-1 in the Pac-10. UCLA has lost two of its last three, losing to teams they were favored to beat – Notre Dame and Washington State. In between, they sandwiched in an upset of then-#9-ranked California.

-- Arizona is 3-6 and 2-4 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats lost to BYU, New Mexico, Cal, Oregon State, USC, and Stanford, while beating Northern Arizona, Washington State and, last week, Washington in Seattle, 48-41.

-- The Bruins lead the all-time series, which dates back to 1927, by a 19-10-2 margin.

-- UCLA has won five of the last six meetings between the schools, including a 27-7 win over the Wildcats at the Rose Bowl last year.

-- The Wildcats, however, are responsible for one of the most disappointing losses in the Karl Dorrell era. In 2005, an 8-0 UCLA team, ranked #7 in the country, got blown out in Tucson, 52-14.

-- In the last 20 years, UCLA is 5-5 against Arizona in Tucson.

-- Arizona is coached by Mike Stoops, who is in his fourth year with the Wildcats, with an overall record of 15-28. After two 3-8 seasons in 2004 and 2005, Stoops had his best year at Arizona last season when he finished 6-6 overall and 5th in the Pac-10, so Arizona fans' expectations were raised for this season, since the team was returning 19 starters. Stoops came to Arizona from Oklahoma where he was the defensive coordinator under his brother, Bob Stoops. So, obviously, he's known as a defensive-minded coach. He also has a reputation as being a sometime hothead on the sidelines.

-- For UCLA's Karl Dorrell, the 2007 season, which was supposed to be "the" year, hasn't turned out as expected so far. There is talk among the UCLA community that Dorrell is on the hot seat.

-- Arizona is coming off its biggest win of the season. Last week, on the road in Seattle, the Wildcats beat the Huskies, 48-41. UCLA, on the other hand, is coming off a very disappointing loss, on the road to Washington State, 27-7.

-- In that game against Washington last week, Arizona scored 22 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, the most by an Arizona team in the fourth quarter in 11 seasons. Arizona, at different times in the game, was down 14-7, 28-14 and 41-26.

-- While Mike Stoops' overall winning percentage is just 36%, that percentage improves drastically in the latter half of the season. In the second half of his first three seasons, Stoops is 8-8.

-- In November, Stoops is 6-4.

-- Stoops is particularly effective against ranked teams in November, having beaten #18 Arizona State in 2004, #7 UCLA in 2005 and #25 Washington State and #8 Cal last season.

-- While Karl Dorrell's overall record is 34-24, his won/loss record gets considerably worse post-October. In games played after Halloween, Dorrell is 7-12. He is 3-9 in games after October that were played either on the road or at neutral sites.

-- It's homecoming weekend for Arizona, which bodes well for them. In its last two homecoming games, the Wildcats, in 2006, beat #8-ranked Cal, and in 2005 beat #7-ranked UCLA. Arizona has played UCLA five times for homecoming in its history, with a record of 3-2.

-- The weather forecast calls for a warm day on Saturday, with the high temperature of 87 degrees.

The full preview of the Arizona game will be published on Friday.

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