Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez has lost to UCLA’s Jim Mora in all three of their meetings. The two are pictured shaking hands after the Bruins’ 17-7 win at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 1, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)
No. 9 UCLA Bruins (3-0) at No. 16 Arizona Wildcats (3-0)
Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m., Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Ariz.)
TV: ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox)
Radio: AM 570 (Bill Roth, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)
Scouting report: Will Scooby Wright return from his knee injury in time for Arizona’s first big game of the season? The All-American linebacker won a slew of awards as a sophomore, but injured his knee in the season opener. He practiced today for the first time in two weeks. … A 3-3-5 defense that relies on its secondary lost four players from that unit who combined for 24 pass breakups, eight interceptions, and seven sacks. … In 2014, the Wildcats sat just outside the national top-25 in offensive yards (463.6 per game), but fell to No. 57 in yards per play (5.7). They are ranked sixth in the FBS in both categories through three games this season, albeit against unimpressive competition in UTSA, Nevada and Northern Arizona. … Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is 0-3 against Jim Mora. UCLA is the only Pac-12 South team he has yet to beat.
Series history: UCLA leads the all-time series with a 22-15-2 edge over Arizona, with the two ties occurring in 1928 and 1982. The Bruins lost five straight to the Wildcats before hiring Jim Mora, and have since racked up a 114-43 scoring margin through three wins.
QB Anu Solomon, RSo., 6-2, 205 — 71/104, 778 yards, 10 TD, 15 carries, 43 yards, 1 TD
— Not being asked to air the ball out quite as much this season. He averaged 38.6 attempts per game last season, twice topping 70, but has dropped to 34.7 through three games. Continue reading