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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 22, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Just the facts, Arizona edition

Here’s the undedited version of the UW Scouting Report that will appear in tomorrow’s paper:
Washington (3-3, 2-1) Arizona (5-1, 2-1)
Time: 7:15 p.m. at Arizona Stadium TV: ESPN Radio: 950 AM The line: Arizona by 6.5.
The setup: After a rousing double-overtime win against Oregon State, the Huskies will hope to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, move above .500 for the first time this season —- and take another step toward securing a bowl. Arizona is also 2-1 in conference play and the winner will move into a two-team tie, or even possibly sole possession, of second place in the Pac-10.
What to expect: A little bit of uncertainty from both teams. Arizona has to go with backup Matt Scott at quarterback with starter Nick Foles out with a knee injury. UA’s offense, which leads the Pac-10 in passing (308.8), likely to include more running, both by Scott and the RBs. Huskies may not use Jake Locker running on the edge quite as much in past weeks due to UA’s speed at end and to keep Locker upright. UW may try more quick passing and downfield throwing.
Notes: UW holds a 17-8-1 edge in the series, and despite the recent struggles of the program have also had the upper-hand on the Wildcats of late, winning three of the last five, and two of the last three in Tucson. UW beat Arizona 36-33 in Seattle last season scoring the last 15 points, including the game-winning TD with 2:37 left on a 37-yard interception return by Mason Foster. … Broadcast crew will again feature Carter Blackburn along with former UW QB Brock Huard and Oregon coach Mike Bellotti. … Locker now has 49 career TD passes, closing in on Huard (53) and UW leader Cody Pickett (55). … Game will feature a battle of two of the top three WRs in the league – UW’s Jermaine Kearse (Pac-10 leader with 37 catches for 623 yards) and UA’s Juron Criner (33-551). …
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), P Will Mahan (knee) each out for the season; DE Talia Crichton (knee) out 2-3 weeks; RB Johri Fogerson (hip) out this week; QB Jake Locker (thigh bruise), LG Erik Kohler (mono), WR Devin Aguilar (hip), WR Kevin Smith (hand) will play.
Arizona — QB Nick Foles (knee) out, DT Justin Washington (knee) doubtful, WR Juron Criner (toe) probable.
Upset possibility: UW’s odds are a lot better with Scott at QB instead of Foles. Huskies need to pressure Scott early and not let him get any confidence. Huskies also need to take away the running game and force Scott to beat them.
Key matchup: UW OTs Senio Kelemete and Drew Schaefer against Arizona defensive ends Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore. Elmore leads the Pac-10 in sacks with six and Reed is tied for second with 4.5, evidence of their pass-rushing ability. The pressure will be on UW offensive tackles Senio Kelemete and Drew Schaefer, each coming off nice games against Oregon State, to contain the rush. Kelemete is likely to go up directly against Reed most of the night, with Elmore facing Schaefer.

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