Here’s our weekly preview box on the Washington game:
Time: 7 p.m. at Arizona Stadium (pictured above).
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: KJR-AM 950-AM, 102.9-FM.
The line: Arizona by 7.5.
The setup: UW and Arizona are each 3-3 and hoping to start the second half of the Pac-12 season with a win, and also take a big step toward getting the six victories necessary to become bowl eligible. Arizona is 0-3 in Pac-12 play but lost last-minute decisions to Oregon State and Stanford. UW is 1-2 in conference play, beating Stanford late but losing decisively to USC and Oregon.
Key matchup: UW secondary vs. Arizona passing game. The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 in pass offense at 370.8 yards per game. UW is second in the Pac-12 in pass defense at 172.7. So something will have to give. The key may be if UW can get enough pressure on Arizona QB Matt Scott and also limit the damage when he runs, or hands off to electric TB Ka’Deem Carey.
What to expect: For maybe the first time this year for the Huskies, a shootout could be in the offing. Arizona is averaging 37 points per game but allowing 32.7. UW is on the other end, scoring just 21.3 and allowing 25.8. But the Huskies have shown signs of offensive life the last few weeks, especially in the running game. And given Arizona’s offensive proficiency and pace, it may be hard for the Huskies to really stop the Wildcats consistently. So this one could feature its share of points.
Notes: UW leads the all-time series 18-9-1 and has won 11 of the last 17. That includes two of three under Steve Sarkisian, both in Seattle, including 42-31 last year as Chris Polk scored five touchdowns. However, Arizona won 44-14 in Tucson in 2010 when Scott stepped in for an injured Nick Foles and threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns. … UW has two players from Arizona on its roster in running back Kendyl Taylor (Chandler) and deep snapper Ryan Masel (Phoenix). Arizona has one player with area ties in walk-on linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson of O’Dea. Jackson has earned a starting role and has 37 tackles and a sack. … The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece on the call. …
Upset brewing? While UW has scored no more than 21 points in any of its five games against FBS foes, it now faces one of the worst defenses in the nation in Arizona. The Wildcats have been particularly susceptible to the run, allowing a Pac-12 high 182.7 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. If the Huskies can get their running game going, it will open up the passing of Keith Price and could keep the high-powered Arizona offense off the field and allow UW to come home with its first road win of the season.
Injuries: Out for UW are RB Jesse Callier (knee), DE Hau’oli Jamora (knee), RB Deontae Cooper (knee), WR James Johnson (wrist), OL Erik Kohler (knee), OL Colin Tanigawa (knee) and DL Lawrence Lagafuaina (leg). OT Ben Riva, who has been out since breaking a forearm against San Diego State, was listed again on the depth chart this week and could be back. LB Shaq Thompson suffered a lower leg injury against USC but it wasn’t considered serious. For Arizona, starting defensive end Dominique Austin (foot) and WR Terrence Miller (ankle) are out. Starting center Kyle Quinn (ankle), starting guard Trace Biskin (toe), starting safety Jared Tevis (ankle), receiver Johnny Jackson (ankle) and defensive end Kirifi Taula (shoulder) are all listed as questionable.