Whether Anu Solomon will get the opportunity to bounce back from a rough outing in Arizona’s first loss of the season remains up in the air.
On UA’s official injury report released Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats quarterback is listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game against surging Stanford. Solomon sustained a concussion in the 26-point loss to UCLA in Week 4, although earlier in the week he had been listed as day-to-day with the head injury.
In that 56-30 loss, Solomon was injured at the end of a 12-yard second-quarter run and did not return. Prior to sustaining the injury, Solomon had been held to 55 yards on 4-of-10 passing. Most damaging, though, were two fumbles credited to Solomon that were recovered by the Bruins and converted into 14 points.
If Solomon is a no-go against Stanford, he’d be replaced by Jerrard Randall. While the senior ran for 128 yards and a touchdown after replacing the injured Solomon, Randall was just 4-of-16 passing for 45 yards, one touchdown and an interception.
Gather your collective sighs. Yet another key player has suffered yet another key injury. This time the injury bug has bitten for the second time, as Arizona All-American linebacker Scooby Wright will miss “several weeks” with another lower-body injury.
Wright injured his lateral meniscus in Arizona’s opener against UTSA, then returned for the Wildcats’ 59-30 loss to UCLA Saturday, a game in which he looked like a player fresh off an extended injury break.
And now he’ll miss several more weeks, this time with a sprained foot.
“If it was broken, which was a concern, we could have gotten a medical redshirt if we applied for it,” Arizona head coach Rodriguez said Monday. “Jamar Allah and Anthony Lopez suffered foot sprains in camp, and they returned in a few weeks, and with the way Scooby attacks his rehab, hopefully we’ll have him back in a couple of weeks.”
Wright collected 163 tackles (first nationally), 14 sacks (third) and 29 tackles for loss (first) in 2014, a season in which he won the Nagurski, Bednarik and Lombardi awards.
Freshman Tre Tyler will place Wright in the middle of Arizona’s defense.
As far as silver linings go, Arizona’s October schedule is about as easy as it gets in the Pac-12. The Wildcats visit Stanford Saturday, host Oregon State Oct. 10, visit Colorado 17, host Washington State Oct. 24, and then visit Washington on Halloween before closing with road trips to USC and Arizona State sandwiched around a home date with Utah.
The Oregon Ducks had an AP-ranked college football team for precisely six years. On Sunday, Oregon was removed from the AP Top 25 after being stomped at home by Utah Saturday night. The last time Oregon was not ranked by the AP voters was September 26, 2009. The Ducks were ranked the next day after upsetting California, and they stayed in the AP poll while enjoying a high level of success as a program. The Ducks will be back in the rankings at some point, but they have some concerns to address in the eyes of the AP voters and anyone who watched them Saturday night.
Ohio State and Michigan State remain on top of the AP poll this week, the Buckeyes continuing to keep the top spot warm with 45 first-place votes. The Spartans picked up five first-place votes and remain second in the poll ahead of Ole Miss. The Rebels picked up 10 first-place votes this week after avoiding an upset bid by Vanderbilt. TCU was tied with Ole Miss last week but is now the fourth team in the poll after escaping Lubbock with a win against Texas Tech. No. 5 Baylor and No. 6 Notre Dame remained where they were a week ago following blowout wins, while No. 7 UCLA moved up two spots following a dismantling of Arizona in Tucson. UCLA passed over No. 8 Georgia and No. 9 LSU, and No. 10 Utah moved up eight spots to round out this week’s top 10. The Utes earned one first-place vote after improving to 4-0 with wins over Oregon and Michigan.
The Wolverines also make an appearance in this week’s AP poll. Jim Harbaugh has Michigan playing well heading into Big Ten play, and they will do so as the No. 22 team in the nation. No. 23 West Virginia, No. 24 Cal and No. 25 Florida all make their first appearances in the AP poll this week. No. 21 Mississippi State returned to the poll this week as well.
This week’s AP poll, with first-place votes noted, is below.
- Ohio State (45)
- Michigan State (5)
- Ole Miss (10)
- Notre Dame
- Utah (1)
- Florida State
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- Mississippi State
- West Virginia