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October 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Huskies favored by 7 over Arizona

The opening lines for next weekend’s games are out, and the Huskies are favored by seven over visiting Arizona.

UW had won five in a row against the spread before Saturday’s 65-21 loss at Stanford. And in fact, UW had lost just one game against the spread since last year’s loss to Stanford before Saturday — the opener against Eastern.

I don’t see an over-under on this game yet, but it’ll be high as the Huskies and Wildcats rank near the bottom of a lot of NCAA defensive stats. UW fell to 101st in the nation after Saturday’s game, allowing 431 yards per game now (UW allowed 384 last year) while Arizona is 114th allowing 464 per game. Each team, meanwhile, is in the top half offensively. Arizona is 19th in the nation in total offense averaging 471 yards per game (373 per game through the air) while UW is 43rd at 421 per game.

And not to belabor the point on the defense, but I hadn’t realized until going back through the box score today that UW didn’t have a single tackle-for-a-loss in 66 plays Saturday. UW is now 107th in the nation in tackles-for-loss with 4.43 per game (you can see all of UW’s national statistical rankings here).

In other Pac-12 games next week. …

— Oregon is a 32.5-point favorite over visiting Washington State;
— Stanford is an 8.5-point favorite at USC;
— Cal is a 5.5-point favorite at UCLA;
— Utah is a 6.5-point favorite over visiting Oregon State;
— and Arizona State is a 30.5-point favorite over visiting Colorado.

And in another statistical update, Keith Price is now tied for fourth in touchdown passes with 22 after being held to one on Saturday — he’d had at least three in every previous game. And he is sixth in QB rating.

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