WILLIE TUITAMA, QB
After the Wildcats
started 1-4 last year, coach Mike Stoops pulled Tuitama's redshirt. The
strong-armed Tuitama threw for 335 yards in an upset win at Oregon State and
led Arizona to a 52-14 thumping of previously unbeaten UCLA.
The Ducks get a
chance to avenge their 17-14 loss to the Sooners in the Holiday Bowl last
December and give the Pac-10 an early-season boost in stature against a
nationally ranked opponent. Oregon must slow Oklahoma running back Adrian
Peterson, but stopping the Ducks' passing game should be a challenge for the
ARIZONA STATE AT
The coaches, Dirk
Koetter of the Sun Devils and Jeff Tedford of the Bears, are among the top
offensive innovators around. They may throw their entire playbook at one other,
so aspiring offensive coordinators might want to take notes. The winner could
emerge as the top challenger to four-time defending conference champ USC.