The Arizona Wildcats will be looking to extend their winning streak to five games when they entertain the Washington Huskies at Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.
Offensive issuesWashington has one head-to-head leg up on Arizona because it destroyed Hawaii whereas the Wildcats lost to the Rainbow Warriors, but the Huskies have otherwise struggled for the most part. Their loss at Stanford last week was their second of the 2019 campaign, having previously fallen to visiting California. Washington's offense was alarmingly poor in the 23-13 setback against the Cardinal, after which coordinator Bush Hamdan drew plenty of criticism.
Quarterback Jacob Eason threw for 206 yards and one score while focusing on senior wide receiver Aaron Fuller, who was targeted 17 times and recorded nine catches for 171 yards. Running backs Salvon Ahmed and Sean McGrew could share time in the backfield on Saturday in place of Richard Newton, who is averaging 5.1 yards per carry with seven touchdowns but is questionable because of a foot injury. Defensive back Myles Bryant has a team-high 39 tackles, but the Huskies need more stops on third down after Stanford held an 18-minute edge in time of possession last week.
Tate the greatThe Wildcats have bounced back from a season-opening loss at Hawaii with consecutive victories over Northern Arizona, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Colorado. They have scored at least 35 points in three of their five contests. Picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 South preseason poll, Arizona is now in sole possession of first place in the division. Quarterback Khalil Tate returned after missing the game against UCLA due to a hamstring injury and did not miss a beat against the Buffaloes, throwing for 404 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-30 victory. Tate went 31-of-41 while completing passes to 11 different receivers.
"He is something else," Washington head coach Chris Petersen praised. "He really is. He can run like nobody I've seen in quite a long time playing quarterback."
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An improving Arizona defense is led by junior linebacker Colin Schooler, who became the 24th player in Arizona history to log 250-plus career tackles with eight against Colorado. Linebacker Tony Fields has 30 tackles in his last three games and had a team-high 11 stops against the Buffaloes, while cornerbacks Jace Whittaker and Lorenzo Burns each have three interceptions.
The Washington Huskies are:
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against the Pac-12
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game
The Arizona Wildcats are:
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven home games
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games against the Pac-12
- 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against teams with winning records