VIDEO – Jon Wilner Dissects Arizona, State of Arizona
During the two weeks of college football season, the state’s 48 PAC-12 teams are in a variety of positions.
The University of Arizona is under the new head coach Jedd Fisch 0-2. Those losses pile up in what is now a 14-game losing streak, the longest in the FBS. Arizona State are 2-0, with wins against two losing opponents that looked clunky at times.
Jon Wilner has a lot to say about both programs
The University of Arizona
Last week the Wildcats were steamrolled by the San Diego Aztecs. Losing 38:14 to a team at Mountain West isn’t ideal for anyone in the PAC-12 conference.
“Everyone has to play until they are slapped in the mouth. San Diego State immediately did that to Arizona, ”Wilner said on the Brad Cesmat Show. “It was a reality check for the Wildcats.”
Despite the losing streak, there has been untapped enthusiasm around the program since the moment Fisch took the reins this off-season. While attitudes towards the programs are changing, the results are not yet there.
“He’s fixing relationships with high school and high school coaches, he’s trying to get fans involved,” said Wilner. “But that [a blowout loss to a Mountain West school] can not happen. That tells you how far to go. And it also tells you that we don’t know him [Jedd Fisch] can do it. Maybe he can. “
This week, U of A is playing a game they should easily win against Northern Arizona University. When the game is closer than it should be, Wilner sees that as an alarming signal.
After last week’s fights, Fisch announced Will Plummer as quarterback.
Jedd Fisch says Will Plummer will start at the quarterback against NAU over Gunner Cruz pic.twitter.com/LMkDKD3OPr
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State of Arizona
This is a big week for the No. 19 ASU as they travel to Provo, Utah to face the No. 23 BYU. The Cougars are 2-0 with wins over Arizona and Utah State. We are looking for three consecutive victories against PAC-12 opponents.
“To be honest, I can hardly wait,” said Wilner. “It’s two levels higher in the competition for ASU. You can get away with mistakes against UNLV and Southern Utah. BYU will make you pay. “
Went to Provo in prime time. pic.twitter.com/s4zYcfni9t
– Sun Devil Football (@ASUFootball) September 13, 2021
In the future, this game holds high stakes for the Sun Devils. One win enables them to compete with Oregon and UCLA for a PAC-12 title. And if BYU won after losing, the win would look even better. Of course, Herm Edwards’ group has to take care of business first on Saturday evening.
“The only way the ASU’s non-conference schedule gets legitimacy is for BYU to have a good season,” Wilner said. “It will give us a good look at the state of the [PAC-12] South. The PAC-12 cannot afford to lose another unbeaten team. “
ASU, Oregon and UCLA are the remaining undefeated teams in the PAC-12. For comparison: the SEC has 10 and the BIG 10 has seven.