Sitting atop the Pac-10 standings, the eighth-ranked California Golden Bears make the trip to the desert this week to battle the Arizona Wildcats from
The Golden Bears are one of the top offenses in the nation and proved it last week against UCLA. On the season,
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Defensively, is where Arizona has had the most success and last week's win over Washington State was certainly an example of that, holding the Cougars to a mere seven points in the game. On the year, UA is allowing 19.7 ppg, on 309.3 yards of total offense. The rush defense has allowed just 105.8 yards per game, while the pass defense is yielding 203.6 yards per outing. Linebackers Spencer Larsen and Ronnie Palmer lead the way for this unit. Larsen is tops on the tackle list with 65 total stops, with 6.0 TFLs, two sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. Palmer is second in terms of tackles (54) with a pair of forced fumbles. The pass rush could certainly be better with only 15 QB takedowns in nine games. Junior end Louis Holmes is currently leading the charge in that area with a team-high four sacks.
The Wildcats will need to carry over momentum from last week's win in order to keep this game close. Although the Wildcat defense has played its best against the better offenses it has faced, this Bears' unit is clicking on cylinders most teams don't even have.
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