College Football
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Colorado at Arizona
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

The turnaround story continues for Colorado which takes its No. 15 national ranking and half-game Pac-12 South Division lead to Tucson on Saturday night for a date with Arizona. The Buffaloes, who also moved up to 12th in the College Football Playoff rankings, have won three straight and five of their last six while the Wildcats have dropped six straight as the only winless team in Pac-12 play.



Still, it hasn’t been totally smooth sailing for Colorado, which only totaled 30 points combined in wins over Stanford (10-5) and UCLA (20-10) in its last two games and had four turnovers and 12 penalties, including eight personal fouls, against the Bruins alone. In their first five wins, the Buffaloes averaged 45.6 points per outing. “Sometimes you get in a lull and you can't control it, but we just need to go out there and execute, that's just it, period,” Colorado tailback Phillip Lindsay said at the team’s Tuesday’s news conference. “Our defense is playing phenomenal right now, and we just need to take pressure off of them by moving the ball. It's about getting that first first down, and it's about keeping drives alive. If we can do that, then we'll score.” Arizona, meanwhile, also is struggling offensively, averaging only 10.3 points in its last three losses while surrendering an average of 50.3.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Colorado -15.5



ABOUT COLORADO (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12): Quarterback Sefo Liufau has seen more pressure in the last two games, and only has completed 31-of-55 passes for 278 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions – his first two of the season with both coming a week ago Thursday against UCLA. Lindsay ranks third in the conference with 90.9 rushing yards per game, and his 11 total TDs rank fifth. Defensively, the Buffaloes are led by linebacker Kenneth Olugbode (fourth in the Pac-12 with 7.7 tackles per game) and rank first in Pac-12 total defense (296.9 yards allowed) and second in scoring defense (17.2 points surrendered).

ABOUT ARIZONA (2-7, 0-6): The Wildcats rotated quarterbacks Brandon Dawkins, Anu Solomon and Khalil Tate last week at Washington State, hoping to generate some offense but only managed seven points and 286 total yards in a 62-point blowout loss. Senior tailback Samajie Grant has started the last two games and has run for 141 yards on 27 carries while wideout Nate Phillips (21 receptions, 233 yards) now has caught a pass in 42 consecutive games – tied for the fifth-longest streak in the nation. Senior linebacker Paul Magloire Jr. has a team-leading 58 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss for Arizona, which ranks 10th in the conference in scoring defense (37.1 points) and ninth in total defense (475.2 yards).



EXTRA POINTS

1. Colorado has won 13 of the 18 games in the series, but Arizona has four of the last five – including a 38-31 road victory a season ago – since the teams became Pac-12 South rivals in 2011.

2. At 5-1 in the Pac-12, the Buffaloes have as many wins as they accumulated (5-40) in their first five seasons in the conference.

3. Arizona’s six-game losing streak is its longest since dropping seven in a row in 2004.



PREDICTION: Colorado 44, Arizona 17


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Colorado 7-2 W3 33.7 17.2 5-0 2-2 6-1 0-0 5-1
Arizona 2-7 L6 22.2 37.1 2-3 0-4 2-5 0-0 0-6
Last Meeting
Colorado Arizona
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/17/15 ARIZ 38 COLO 31 467 128 339 616 291 325
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Colorado S. Liufau 65.1 339 2 0
Arizona A. Solomon 59.5 283 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Colorado P. Lindsay 23 91 4.0 0
Arizona J. Baker 23 207 9.0 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Colorado S. Fields 8 168 21.0 2
Arizona N. Phillips 6 106 17.7 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Colorado S. Fields 2
Arizona J. Baker 3
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Colorado S. Liufau 66.7 1322 7 2
Arizona B. Dawkins 54.7 1055 6 5
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Colorado P. Lindsay 143 818 5.7 10
Arizona B. Dawkins 86 597 6.9 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Colorado S. Fields 34 602 17.7 6
Arizona S. Brown 25 406 16.2 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Colorado P. Lindsay 11
Arizona B. Dawkins 8
Quickchart Matchup
Colorado Colorado Off vs  Arizona Arizona Def
Colorado 474.4 yards
Arizona 475.2 yards
Colorado 4.3 yards/rush
Arizona 5 yards/rush
Colorado 8.2 yards/attempt
Arizona 7.6 yards/attempt
Arizona Arizona Off vs  Colorado Colorado Def
Arizona 400.8 yards
Colorado 295.9 yards
Arizona 5.1 yards/rush
Colorado 3.5 yards/rush
Arizona 7.1 yards/attempt
Colorado 5.5 yards/attempt