Saturday, September 17, 2011
'Cats, Cardinal an hour from kickoff
By Kevin Gemmell
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The team with the nation's longest active FBS win streak -- yeah, that's Stanford -- is an hour away from kicking off here at Arizona Stadium.
With Auburn's loss 38-24 loss to Clemson, there is an official changing of the guard. Stanford, which enters tonight's game having won 10 straight, now carries the torch for the rest of college football. Auburn had won 17 in a row until the loss.
Ohio State is next in line with eight wins coming into today, though they are losing to Miami. That could be two of the top three win streaks going down. Is this a bad omen for Stanford?
There hasn't been any official word yet on Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner (appendectomy), though he was briefly on the field and was wearing warm-up gear. Should know more before kickoff. Best guess is that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver is going to try to go. Even his presence on the field will be enough to draw some extra attention from Stanford's safeties. Coach David Shaw said earlier this week that the actual game-planning doesn't change whether Criner plays, but the dynamics of how they'll cover receivers changes when he's on the field.
The night game is going to favor the Cardinal in terms of heat. The thermometer hit 95 degrees around mid-day, but started to cool into the low 90s and is floating right now between high 80s and low 90s.