OSU claims two wins over Arizona among its last 15 games — in the 2010 Alamo Bowl and Week 2 last year — and goes for No. 3 on Saturday, in Tucson.
The Wildcats, however, are focused on halting the streak.
“It's personal,” said Arizona center Kyle Quinn. “I feel like we are pretty confident playing these guys. We get them at home this year. Everybody is going to be fired up and the 'Zona Zoo is going to be rocking.
“So it's going to be a good fight on Saturday night.”
This time, the Cowboys won't have quarterback Brandon Weeden or wide receiver Justin Blackmon, as well as several other key figures.
And doesn't Wildcat corner Shaquille Richardson know it — he's the guy who provided some smack talk about Blackmon, before the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner went off on him for 12 catches, 128 yards and two touchdowns a year ago.
Richardson awaits the arrival of new OSU quarterback Wes Lunt.
“I know he's young,” Richardson said. “That's going to be fun.”
NO LOOKING BACK
OSU's 84-0 rout of Savannah State served as a start to the season; a positive start.
And little more, as far as offensive coordinator Todd Monken is concerned.
“The only thing you can take away from it is that we had 11 guys on the field,” Monken said. “When we went tempo, we got lined up. Our process was good. A lot of young guys got to play.
“The reality is that you want to make sure you're playing good football. Our substitutions were good.”
POKES GOING TO SCHOOL ON RICH ROD
While the Cowboys are more than familiar with Arizona, these Wildcats come with a different look.