- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

Northern Arizona (2-0) at No. 20 Arizona (2-0) 8 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Line: No line.

Series Record: Arizona leads 12-1.


Arizona plays its final nonconference game before playing a tough Pac-12 opener at home against No. 10 UCLA. The Wildcats rolled over Nevada last week after a so-so performance against UTSA, so they seem to be hitting their stride. Anything but a blowout over the FCS Lumberjacks will likely be a disappointment.


Northern Arizona’s passing game vs. Arizona’s pass defense. Like a lot of Big Sky teams, the Lumberjacks can sling it around. They are 10th in the FCS in yards passing per game at 331 yards. The Wildcats are 91st in FBS in pass defense.


Northern Arizona: QB Case Cookus. He was NAU’s first freshman to start the season opener since Travis Brown in 1996 and has played well through two games. He’s thrown for 528 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions in wins over Stephen F. Austin and New Mexico Highlands.

Arizona: LB Tre Tyler. Arizona lost All-American Scooby Wright in its opener, backup Cody Ippolito is out for the season with a torn ACL and Haden Gregory is also injured. Tyler, the fourth-stringer, is listed as the top middle linebacker on Arizona’s depth chart despite playing through a sprained ankle last week. The redshirt freshman had four tackles against Nevada last week.


Arizona won the last meeting 35-0 at home and is 11-0 all-time in Tucson against the Lumberjacks. … NAU’s lone win in the series was in 1932. … The Wildcats are 11-0 in regular-season nonconference games in four seasons under coach Rich Rodriguez. … NAU coach Jerome Souers is in his 18th season in Flagstaff, the longest-tenured coach in NAU football.

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