Saturday, November 21, 2009
Seeing red in Tucson
By Ted Miller
TUCSON, Ariz. -- We've seen white-outs and black-outs this year.
This one's going to be a red-out.
Arizona is in all-red. So are their fans in Arizona Stadium.
Before the Wildcats did their pre-game stretch, their Samoan players led them in "haka" dance, a staple of Polynesian rugby teams, particularly the New Zealand All-Blacks.
Oregon is in white jerseys and black pants, the same colors they wore, by the way, here in 2007 when quarterback Dennis Dixon went down with a knee injury. The Ducks national title hopes followed him with an upset defeat.
This place hasn't been kind to Oregon quarterbacks. Kellen Clemens broke his ankle here in 2005, but the Ducks managed to win that one 28-21.
The first thing to look for: How much will Arizona get out of running back Nic Grigsby, who's trying to come back from a shoulder injury?