ARIZONA DEFENSE: While the offense looks elite, the defense has a ton of question marks. They gave up over 600 yards to Oklahoma State, including well over 400 in the air. Only costly interceptions by a freshman quarterback making his first start on the road allowed Arizona to take control of that game. Its hard to gather conclusions from a game like South Carolina State, so the Oklahoma State game is the most legitimate data point we have, and sans the turnovers, it was a disaster for the Arizona defense. That could be true even moreso against Oregon. Depth was considered a huge issue for Arizona at the beginning of the season on the defensive side, and I'm curious to see how their defense is able to handle Oregon's pace. MLB Jake Fischer is their best defensive player and already has 33 tackles on the season.
ARIZONA SPECIAL TEAMS: Early returns on their kicking tandem are mixed. John Bonano is 4-7 on field goals, but has missed three from inside 30 yards. Kyle Dugandzic has been quite good at punter so far, with half of his eight punts inside the 20 and two being fair caught. Average return has been two yards. However, Arizona gives up almost 24 yards per kickoff return, and I can't help but wonder if they'll short kick it to avoid DeAnthony Thomas.
KEY MATCHUP: Oregon's pace vs. Arizona's depth. Defensive depth is a huge issue for Arizona, and I wonder if this is a defense that could look good in the first half, but start to wear down late in the game after facing the pace all game long.