Saturday night's Iowa-Arizona battle is one of the biggest to ever take place at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats have not hosted a game between two ranked teams since their magical 12-1 season in 1998, and this is only the second time in school history a ranked Arizona team will host a ranked opponent in a nonconference game.
For the occasion, a rare capacity crowd will stage a "Red-Out" in the desert. Coach
Iowa enters the game as a one-point favorite. Arizona is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games as a home underdog. However, Iowa is 8-2 vs. the number in its last 10 nonconference games vs. BCS opponents. Sorry to give conflicting trends, but those are the facts.
In two games this season, Arizona has surrendered just 90 yards on 42 passing plays (2.1 yards per passing play). Opposing quarterbacks are 17-for-37 for 124 yards and have been sacked five times for a loss of 34 yards.
Iowa has the better, more physical team, but those expecting an easy win for the Hawkeyes should consider two factors: 1) Valuable Iowa defensive coordinator