Washington vs. Arizona Game Preview and Prediction

Washington (2-4, 1-2) vs. Arizona (0-6, 0-3)

Friday, October 22nd @ 7:30 p.m. PT

Arizona Stadium (Tucson, Arizona)

Line: Washington -18.0

TV: ESPN2

Radio: Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR

 

The Washington Huskies will face off against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium, as both the Dawgs and the Cats are desperate for a much-needed win to help salvage their seasons.

During their last game, the Huskies were in position to win the game but couldn’t make the key plays down the stretch.  It resulted in a disappointing 24-17 loss against the UCLA Bruins, at Husky Stadium.

This week, the Huskies are facing an opponent whose program is clearly in transition under first-year head coach Jedd Fisch. So far this season, Arizona is 0-6, after suffering a 34-0 blowout road defeat versus Colorado last weekend.

Offensively, the Huskies will have to find a way to take care of the ball and not turn it over, while scoring points on the road.

Defensively, the Wildcats will have to rely on their stingy pass defense to try and thwart the air attack of the Dawgs.

Something has to give, in this contest between two teams that are currently on life support and badly needing wins.

KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON

QB – Dylan Morris

 

ILB – Edefuan Ulofoshio

 

TE – Cade Otton

KEY PLAYERS: ARIZONA

QB – Will Plummer

 

WR – Stanley Berryhill III

 

DL – Mo Diallo

ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR

GAME NOTES

– Along with LSU and TCU, Washington is one of just three teams in the FBS that has scored in every red-zone opportunity this season … the Huskies have scored 11 touchdowns and five field goals in 16 trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season

– Washington holds a 23-11-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking 16 of the last 24.

– UW is one of just five teams that has allowed one or fewer scrimmage plays of 40 or more yards this season … just one team (Arizona State) has allowed none

– Arizona allows just 169.7 passing yards per game, which is second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation. The Wildcats have held their opponent to under 100 passing yards twice this season, the first time they have done so since 2008.

– Arizona has held their opponents under 400 yards in total offense four times this season, after having achieved the feat just once across the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

– Arizona has converted 63% of the time on fourth down, the third-best rate in the Pac-12.

PREDICTION

Jeff Wright (4-2)

It’s “DO or DIE” time for the Dawgs!  As an almost three-touchdown favorite, it’s time to send a message against a winless opponent!  The desert has always been tricky for the Huskies, but this game should never be in doubt!

Washington 28 – Arizona 14

 

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