Washington State vs. Arizona Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Washington State vs. Arizona fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington State (7-1) vs. Arizona (5-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 9:30 pm ET
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Network: Pac-12 Network
By the way, Washington State is still deep in the hunt for the Pac-12 title and the College Football Playoff.
It might not seem like it after the way it was destroyed by Cal a few weeks ago, but it’s among the one-loss teams that still – unless something crazy happens, like if there are four other unbeaten or one-loss Power Five champs – controls its own destiny.
Colorado might not be anything special, but the team bounced back nicely for a solid 28-0 win in wet and awful conditions. Now it has to get ready for the Khalil Tate storm.
No player in college football is hotter right now than the Arizona quarterback, who’s led the way to three straight wins and potential Pac-12 title contention.
It’s a tough road to close, though, with three of the last four games on the road including USC and Arizona State, but with Oregon State at home, a bowl game is almost guaranteed.
Beat Wazzu, though, and the Wildcats will suddenly get on the national radar when it travels to USC next week.
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
The run defense has been a rock so far.
It hasn’t faced a running game like Arizona’s, and it hasn’t dealt with a dangerous quarterback like Tate, but the talented and aggressive defensive front is able to crash the backfield, and isn’t getting gouged.
USC was able to run for 163 yards and had some success, and Boise State ran for 164, but that’s been about it. The Cougars led the Pac-12 in sacks and tackles for loss, and now they have to get to Tate before he and the zone-read can slip through the holes.
Offensively, Luke Falk and company should be able to get rolling against a leaky secondary that has yet to give up fewer than 200 yards – and it played UTEP.
Wazzu will match firepower with firepower.
One Reason Why Arizona Will Win
It’s not just that Arizona is hitting the three-run home runs time and again when Tate gets his chance, it’s that it’s not screwing up, either.
The Wildcats have been tight when it comes to turnover margin – they haven’t been giving teams any easy points with bad giveaways.
Washington State hasn’t been that bad at turning the ball over other than the Cal meltdown, but it needs to control the game and control the clock – it’s part of the reason why the fresh defense has been so successful.
Arizona will happily score whenever it can, but it also has the ability to grind out drives with its ground game. Great at converting third down chances, the Wildcats have to to at least keep the time of possession even.
What’s Going To Happen
Call this a win for the home team.
If this was in Pullman, Wazzu would be the call. But at home, in a must win game with all the key road games up next, Tate will be Tate, coming up with a few big plays to offset a 350-yard passing game from Falk.
It’ll be a whole lot of fun with lots of points, lots of offense, and lots of reasons to stay up late.
And if it just so happens to somehow be the first of two games – with the two meeting in the Pac-12 Championship, great.
Washington State vs. Arizona Prediction
Arizona 40, Washington State 37
Washington State -3, o/u: 64.5
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