ABC15's predictions: Arizona at No. 18 Stanford

Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-02 16:22:25-04

After a 3-0 start, the Arizona Wildcats came crashing down to Earth last weekend with a 56-30 pounding at the hands of UCLA.

Things don't get any easier for UA this weekend, as the Cats will travel to take on No. 18 Stanford on Saturday. 

Who wins? ABC15's Shane Dale and Jason Snavely offer their predictions for Saturday's game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Shane Dale:

If quarterback Anu Solomon (concussion) misses this game, that changes everything for Arizona's offense. Backup QB Jerrard Randall is a great runner but he's not the accurate passer that Solomon is. We saw that when Randall completed just 4 of 16 passes against UCLA.

Arizona can run the ball, and we saw that against UCLA when Nick Wilson had a great day on the ground for the Wildcats. The problem is Arizona's defense. The Wildcats can't tackle right now. Stanford is going to run the ball up the gut, and UA isn't likely to slow the Cardinal down.

Stanford 38, Arizona 21

Jason Snavely:

You'd think the absence of linebacker Scooby Wright III (foot sprain) would be a big deal, but the Wildcats have shown they can win without him. They won their first three games of the season without Scooby, so they're almost used to it. 

But Stanford's running game is great right now. I think the main key is going to be containing Christian McCaffrey, who's averaging over 100 rushing yards per game. Stanford is averaging over 30 points per game. 

Stanford 31, Arizona 21