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#152 Arizona 58.5
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11:00pm EDT
Arizona Stadium, Tuscon
Written by Ricky Dimon

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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 issues

Washington 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 great

The 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."

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.

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Arizona ranks seventh in the country in total offense at 539.2 yards per game. Tate ranks eighth in the nation in total offense at 337.3 yards per game. On the other side of the ball, the 'Cats have allowed only three fourth-quarter points over the past three games. That does not bode well for a Huskies offense--at least not in crunch time--that sputtered last weekend. Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last five following a loss and 1-4 ATS in its last five at Arizona. The Wildcats are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five following a win. It is also worth noting that the home team is 8-1 ATS in the last nine head-to-head matchups.

Prediction: Arizona Wildcats

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Washington has scored 84 first-quarter points so far this season. The visitors will likely have to get off to a hot start if they want to keep up with Tate and company. Arizona has weapons all over the field, starting with Tate. These defenses are by no means terrible, but both offenses are superior. The over is 5-2 in the Huskies' last seven after allowing more than 280 passing yards in their previous outing. It is also 6-2 in the Wildcats' last eight overall, 4-1 in their last five against the Pac-12, and 5-1 in their last six against opponents with winning records. Additionally, the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between the two teams and 4-1 in Washington's last five at Arizona. Go with the over.

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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Winners & Whiners Staff, he worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.