Any word on the Arizona game getting picked up by a local cable provider?
Not yet. I know Cox is working to do that. Last week, the SSU game wasn't announced until Wednesday. I see it going down to the wire again. As of now, I won't get to see the game on my Uverse TV.
How about some insider-y info from a lifelong Pac-8/10/12 fan? Is there a "loud" side of the stadium? Any unique chants or cheers? Is the crowd typically late arriving or there 30 minutes early? Can the crowd be taken out of the game, or will they be loud and proud until the final gun?
Great question. I've seen about five games at Arizona Stadium--all ASU/UA rivalry games. So I think that kicks everything up a notch. But it's a very, very good crowd atmosphere. The student section stretches across the entire side of the lower bowl behind the Wildcat bench, so there isn't a "loud" end like at BPS or most other college stadiums. UA has a history of pulling off some big upsets at home--most recently Iowa in 2010. There aren't any interesting cheers I remember--just be ready to hear "Bear Down" and "U of A!" a lot.
Hard to take much from the SSU game, but it was encouraging to see some of the new guys like Lampkin, Hays, Muncrief and others play well in their debut. I would suspect we will see much less of them this week?
I think we actually will see Lampkin and Hays a fair amount, but probably not Muncrief. Hays and Lampkin are both on the two-deep. Same goes for C.J. Curry, Blake Webb, Kevin Peterson, etc...
What will the biggest test be for the Cowboys as they face Arizona?
Facing this RichRod spread offense. This isn't the same scheme we saw the past two years with Nick Foles. New QB Matt Scott is a dual-threat, and actually does have some experience from a few seasons ago when he filled in for Foles when he was injured. The scoreboard doesn't indicate how many yards this offense rolled up against Toledo--624. Everyone has talked up this OSU defense as being the best of the Gundy era. This will be an early test to prove it.
Will the offense be as efficient facing the AZ defense?
Believe it or not, I think Lunt will throw an incompletion Saturday. It will be near impossible to be that efficient--every scoring drive in that first quarter lasted less than two minutes. But I think this offense can have success against an Arizona defense that was not good last season.
What's your take on Wes Lunt, why did he only play one quarter? Is it because of Savannah State? Will he play the whole game vs. Arizona, does Gundy plan to use Walsh extensively, or was it just because SSU was a "sorry team"?
I've written/talked about this quite a bit already ... the first-team offense didn't play more than a quarter simply because they felt the need to call off the dogs. Monken said he considered bringing Lunt back in for the first series of the second half--so he could get used going into the locker room, cooling off and preparing, then getting back on the field--but Monken basically said it wasn't worth it. That team was too bad to risk injury and the reps weren't that beneficial.
I think we'll see J.W. Walsh a bit--in that new "package" or whatever you want to call it--but not extensively. Wes Lunt is your starter.
What qualifies as a good win for the Cowboys if they beat AZ? Is one point enough, or should they cover the spread?
I think any win on the road is a good win. But even with a true freshman quarterback, I think OSU is significantly better than Arizona. I expect a close first half, but that the Cowboys pull away to 10-14-point victory.
What are the redshirt rules? Did anyone lose their ability to redshirt this year by playing against Savannah State?
Nine true freshmen played--Lunt, Curry, Hays, Webb, Lampkin, Peterson, Clark, Muncrief, Sheperd. And they're expected to have a role the entire season. So no redshirt for them.