Look for Stanford to make lineup changes after its defense yielded 38 points and 463 yards to Oregon State. Or maybe not.
Coach Jim Harbaugh wasn't happy with the play of his cornerbacks but might not have any viable options.
"We have got to be more physical on the perimeter," he said, noting Stanford's inability to shed blocks.
The Cardinal benched starter Corey Gatewood during the game and inserted senior Kris Evans, but he struggled, too.
"I don't think he played as well as he did the week before," Harbaugh said.
The competition might have something to do with that.
The week before, Stanford faced a UCLA offense that's ninth in the Pac-10. Oregon State's attack, on the other hand, ranks in the top half of the league in most categories.
This week's opponent, Arizona, is second in total offense, third in passing yards and fourth in rushing yards.
Like Oregon State, the Wildcats will attempt to create one-on-one matchups for their receivers against Stanford's linebackers and defensive backs.
"They really spread you out," Harbaugh said.
Traditionally, that style hasn't brought out the best in Stanford's defense.
Another change could come at punt returner, where Richard Sherman has struggled. The options include Doug Baldwin, Griff Whalen
Harbaugh downplayed the possibility of Stanford using the Wildcat. But at least one member of the offense would be in favor of it:
"That'd be fun," running back Toby Gerhart said.
He was more upbeat about defensive tackle Matt Masifilo, who is purportedly ahead of schedule and could be ready for next week's date with Arizona State.
The Wildcats also were without two starting defensive linemen, Brooks Reed and Earl Mitchell, whose availability this week takes on added significance because of Stanford's power running game behind Gerhart.
Now, if a winter storm were to blow through southern Arizona this weekend, Stanford would be ready.