National spotlight ready to fall on the football Wildcatsby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 31, 2010, under Sports
The Arizona Wildcats will get another chance to show off for a national audience Saturday at Stanford, as ABC will televise the game beginning at 5 p.m. Tucson time.
The Wildcats are 15th in the BCS standings; the Cardinal is 13th.
That is one of the biggest matchups of the college football Saturday, the others being a battle of unbeatens — No. 3 TCU at No. 5 Utah — and No. 6 Alabama at No. 10 LSU. (Those are all BCS rankings.)
ABC is sending its announcing A team to the game — play-by-play man Brent Musberger, analyst Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Erin Andrews. (Will Andrews be doing double duty, up early to host the first hour of ESPN’s GameDay show from Salt Lake City and then flying to the Bay Area?)
ABC’s other game in the time slot is Missouri at Texas Tech. The Arizona-Stanford game is expected to reach about 75 percent of the country.
Arizona has appeared on ESPN three times this season (beating Toledo, Iowa and Washington). The Cats have been on FSN (defeating UCLA on Saturday) and Versus twice (losing to Oregon State and winning at Washington State).
For better or worse, more prime exposure is on the way.
The Nov. 13 home game against USC is set for ABC and a 6 p.m. local start. The Wildcats will close the season with two games on ESPN — at Oregon on Nov. 26 (the day after Thanksgiving) and vs. visiting Arizona State on Thursday, Dec. 2.
Arizona is an 8-point underdog to Stanford, which is 7-1 with the only loss coming at Oregon. The Wildcats are 7-1 for the first time since 1998.