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Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington Huskies Week 9 Handicapping Preview

Wildcats 2-5 vs Huskies 5-2

Is Washington as good as their 5-2 record? Their biggest win of the season may have been their win over a Cal team that is 4-3 overall, but 1-3 in Pac 12 play.

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Last week they had a chance to show they were a legit conference contender, but even though their supposed strength on D was against the run they gave up 446 rushing yards in the 65-21 embarrassing loss to Stanford.

Arizona Wildcats (2-5) @ UW Huskies (5-2) 
Saturday, October 29, 10:30 p.m. ET
Husky Stadium, SEATTLE, WA
Favorite: UW -6.5 / O/U 70.5

On the other side of the coin is Arizona as bad as their 2-5 record? They have the nation’s 6th ranked passing offense led by future NFL QB Nick Foles and 3 of their 5 losses came to teams ranked in the top 10 and one of the others was to USC on the road.

This game is HUGE for both, as each can still get in a bowl game with Arizona playing a pretty easy remaining schedule and with UW at 5 wins already and still having to face Oregon and USC.

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Arizona vs. UW

Yeah, with the 70.5-betting total you know this game will likely not be a defensive battle.

Foles may not get a lot of help from a Wildcats’ rushing offense that only ranks 111th in the nation.

However, if UW defends the run like they failed to do against Stanford last week that may not be the case. Foles has a legit WR corps and has a gun and that is not good for the Huskies, who only rank 103rd in the nation defending the pass.

If you look at rankings you would think the Huskies would tear apart Wildcats’ defense, which only ranks 106th in the nation. However, in 3 of Arizona’s 5 losses they have faced offenses that rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring.

The UW duo that has to play well this week is QB Keith Price, who has 22 TD and only 5 picks on the season, and RB Chris Polk (872 yards 5 TD). Polk had 144 rushing yards against Stanford, but most of those yards were on 2 long runs and he was ineffective in the 2nd half.

Price and the WR duo of Devin Aguilar and Jermaine Kearse may be the key, as they are facing a Zona pass defense that only ranks 114th in the nation.

On top of their weak ranking 2 players form the Wildcats’ secondary have been suspended for 1/2 game and 1 for a full game for their brawl in the UCLA win after a nut fan ran on the field.

Little worried here, as being a UW fan I do not think they will beat Arizona in their house, but I could be wrong and hope I am.

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