Colorado vs. Arizona fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, November 2
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Colorado (5-3) vs. Arizona (4-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
On the plus side, the Colorado passing game got going again.
It might have been a disastrous collapse to Oregon State, but Steven Montez and the air show started to crank up the production with a 312-yard, two touchdown day.
There has to be some sort of lemonade made out of the loss.
Granted, not having Laviska Shenault around – he’s missed the last few games with a toe injury – has been an issue, and Arizona’s defense loaded up on Justin Herbert and Oregon last week, but the Buffs have to bomb away.
The Wildcats were hit for over 300 yards through the air by UCLA the week before, and don’t have the defensive back talent to keep Colorado to under 250 yards if Montez gets time and he’s on, no matter who’s at receiver.
No. 1 in the Pac-12 in turnover margin, Colorado has to throw well, be a +2 against a wildly inconsistent team, and take advantage of all the opportunities.
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
The running game has figured it out.
The Wildcat defense was the main story in the shocking 44-15 win over Oregon, but the rise of the ground attack has been the biggest positive after midseason lull.
When Arizona runs well, it usually wins, going 3-1 when tearing off over 200 yards, with 276 yards against the Ducks after averaging close to eight yards per carry against UCLA.
JJ Taylor has gone off, with 366 yards and three scores over the last two games – carrying it 30 times against Oregon – and now the Cats need to keep feeding him.
Colorado’s run D has been solid, but it also hasn’t been pushed. As long as the Arizona offensive front keeps playing like it has over the last few weeks, it’ll all be fine.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s hard to jump too hard on the Arizona train considering it’s a week past getting rolled two games in a row on the road, but this has been a different team at home.
The lines are playing stronger, Khalil Tate is coming off a big performance, and the team really did show that things are improving – UCLA loss aside.
Colorado will come out jacked up after the Oregon State issues, but the Arizona offense is working.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Arizona 31, Colorado 27
Line: Arizona -3, o/u: 57
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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