Dear Mr. Football: How did the UA possibly beat No. 7 UCLA last year and can it beat No. 8
A. You don't want to hear this, but the '05 Bruins were one-dimensional, a fraud of a top-10 team, finishing dead last in Pac-10 scoring defense and No. 9 in total defense.
This isn't meant to diminish
Dear Mr. Football: Why didn't
A. Believe it or not, John Mackovic persuaded Hughes to visit
Hughes is so good — think Antoine Cason with another year's polish — that he has already intercepted eight passes this season. That puts him in select company with
Dear Mr. Football: How long has it been since
A. It was 1999. By no coincidence, it was the last time
"It's homecoming,'' said James Francis, the UA's assistant athletic director for marketing and tickets. "The students generally stay for this game more than most.''
Dear Mr. Football: Did you realize
A. Sadly, yes. USC has been a double-figure favorite over
In order, from 2002, the Cal-Arizona game-day odds: 10, 17, 22, 16 and 13 1/2 today. What makes it absurd is that
Dear Mr. Football: How good is Marshawn Lynch?
A. Cal's tailback is averaging 6.5 yards a carry. That is more than double Chris Henry's 3.1. In fact, Lynch is such a big-play runner that his 6.5 average is greater than that of USC's O.J. Simpson, 5.3, as a senior, and superior to that of USC's Marcus Allen, 5.8, as a senior.
Dear Mr. Football: Isn't Willie Tuitama due for some good fortune?
A. Mr. Franchise 2005, may have used up his good fortune last Sunday. He lost his wallet on the UA's return flight from
He returned to the
This year, Mike Stoops' attempt at some midseason salvation came when he appointed heretofore anonymous tight ends coach Dana Dimel to call
Dear Mr. Football: So who wins?
A. For Arizona to win, Henry will have to produce the game of his life — run for 100 yards or more — and the UA defense/kicking teams will have to score once or twice. Realistically, the UA will be fortunate to gain 50 net yards rushing. Don't count on rushing the field at game's end.