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    Arizona football vs. NAU

    The Wildcats lost to BYU last weekend after having such a hyped up summer. It’s going to take another game or two to get their rhythm down. The Lumberjacks are coming off a 47-0 season-opening win and into Arizona’s home. And you know what they say about playing at home: Mi casa es su casa.

    NAU 24, Arizona 17

    Lance Madden
    assistant sports editor

    In the last two meetings between these two teams (2004 and 2005) the combined score was Wildcats 52, Lumberjacks 15. This was with an offensive coordinator who has since been replaced because he was not productive enough. Barring a total catastrophe, or a repeat of last week’s offensive performance, there should be no chance for Arizona to lose.

    Arizona 21, NAU 3

    Bobby Stover
    sports writer

    They’re the Lumberjacks and they’re OK, but they’ll get beat by the ‘Cats Saturday. Credit NAU for taking on a Division I-A opponent in each of its last eight seasons. However, the Jacks are 0-8 in those games. The Wildcats have also prevailed in their last seven meetings with NAU.

    Arizona 27, NAU 14

    Alex Dalenberg
    sports writer

    Arizona soccer vs. Nevada, No. 3 Texas

    Get them some butter, because they’re on a roll. Though Arizona head coach Dan Tobias should train a couple of his defenders to be a goalkeeper since three of the Wildcats’ four are injured, their offense is working. After a week of play, Arizona ranks second in the Pac-10 in points with 12, goals with five, and goals per game with 2.50.

    Arizona sweeps

    Lance Madden
    assistant sports editor

    Nevada is 0-2 so far this year and has only won three games against Pac-10 teams ever. Meanwhile, Texas is ranked No. 3 nationally and is recently coming off one of the biggest upsets in the program’s history, beating No. 2 UCLA last weekend. Arizona is 1-1 and down to its last goalkeeper on the depth chart (out of four originals). They will split as long as she doesn’t go down (knock on wood). Seriously.

    Arizona splits

    Bobby Stover
    sports writer

    Arizona did well to pull out an overtime victory at Cal Poly last weekend after almost blowing a 3-1 lead. Home should look very inviting to the Wildcats, but they’ll face a tough test in the Longhorns, who are coming off their biggest upset in school history, having defeated then-No. 2 UCLA 2-1 in Texas last weekend.

    Arizona splits

    Alex Dalenberg
    sports writer

    No. 9 VT at No. 2 Louisiana State

    Every time I think of LSU I think of Shaq. And then I think of the Tigers knocking the Wildcats into submission last season. Either way, they are big. Both squads return eight starters on defense, but like Fergie on the Billboard charts, LSU is going to end up on top.

    Louisiana State 14, Virginia Tech 10

    Lance Madden
    assistant sports editor

    I’m a sucker for the feel-good story, and if I chose primarily based on which team I wanted to win, I’d have to go with the Hokies. But as a representative of this fine publication, I’m going to throw all that out and go with the one I truly think will win. It’s time to accept the truth: LSU is a beast.

    Louisiana State 35, Virginia Tech 17

    Bobby Stover
    sports writer

    The Tigers have won 13 games in a row in Baton Rouge and blanked Mississippi State 45-0 to start the season. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech just pulled out an emotional but rocky 17-7 victory over a not-so-mighty East Carolina squad. With all the school has been through, the Hokies will be sentimental favorites, but pulling off the upset in Death Valley is going to be a tall order.

    LSU 21, Virginia Tech 17

    Alex Dalenberg
    sports writer

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