Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Playing down?

So says this article. Check this out:

Northern Arizona (1-0) at Arizona (0-1), 10:00

Four Big Sky teams face I-A opponents this week, and Northern Arizona probably has the best shot to steal a victory against its in-state foe. The Lumberjacks only finished 4-7 a year ago and lost to Arizona, but they gave the Wildcats all they could handle in the season opener. NAU trailed only 7-3 through three quarters and were outgained by only 27 yards in the game. Three Jason Murrietta interceptions halted the NAU effort, but Murrietta was playing with an almost entirely new cast of receivers in the season opener. Northern Arizona held Adams State to 166 yards of total offense in last week's game, and faces an Arizona team that only scored more than 20 points three times in 2004. But while they have the defense to stay in the game, the Lumberjacks also face an apparently improved Arizona team. The Wildcats came within three points at Utah, and have a pretty solid defense of their own. NAU should hang in until the fourth quarter, but won't generate enough offense to come away with the victory. Prediction: Arizona 24, Northern Arizona 10

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