Arizona will open its season with Toledo on Saturday and the staff seems to agree on the outcome, although the closeness of the game is up for debate.
Ashley Nevel: Based upon Arizona’s 3-0 record against Toledo, including a 2010 matchup where the Rockets put on a ludicrous performance at home losing 41-2 against a ruthless Wildcats team, I have to go with the Arizona Wildcats winning this one.
With both Arizona and Toledo lacking experience in the defense department, I have no doubt that the score of this game will be determined by the better offense. Although Toledo runs a system with two co-starting quarterbacks, I believe Arizona’s Matt Scott will excel in Rodriquez’s offensive game plan and lead the Wildcats to a season opener victory.
Arizona 45, Toledo 33
Cody Martin: I’m going with a victory to start out Rich Rodriguez’s career in Tucson. By no means will it be over at halftime, though. Toledo can score, but its defense won’t be able to prove itself.
The Wildcats will jump out to a nice lead with all of Arizona Stadium behind them. However, lack of depth on defense will allow Toledo to fight back late in the game. The offense is just too much for the Rockets in the end.
Arizona 42, Toledo 31
Jason Nimrichter: I don't believe the Wildcats have any difficulty with the Rockets and win this game handily. Fans are right to be apprehensive about this team after winning only four games a season ago, but this offense should be able to dominate Toledo's defense.
The fact that the Rockets have lost several big weapons and offensive lineman doesn't help their offense either.
Arizona 49, Toledo 24
Michael Luke: This is a winnable game for Toledo. Arizona has superior talent and should win the game, but there are obviously major concerns about the transition to new offensive and defensive schemes. Plus, Toledo returns enough skill position talent to pose a variety of threats to the UA defense.
Offensive, the Wildcats should be fine. Scott is primed for a big year, and it’s not hard to imagine this team putting up a ton of points. There is a nice amount of talent in the backfield and in the receiving corps, but the question is how does the team respond to the new style of play. I’m guessing they figure it out.
Arizona 38, Toledo 24
Jason Scheer: I think we will know a lot about this game within the first few minutes. It would not surprise me to see Arizona struggle early, but the difference in talent should be enough to win.
Toledo’s running defense actually is not that bad, but I don’t see how it can stop Arizona’s passing game. I look for Matt Scott to have close to 400 yards of total offense as the Wildcats pull away late.
Arizona 31, Toledo 21