The Washington Huskies (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) are traveling to take on the Arizona Wildcats (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12) in a conference battle between two teams that direly need the victory.
It’s projected to be a close game between programs that are drifting from the Top 25 polls after making appearances on them earlier this season. Both realize that a win on Saturday will be instrumental in salvaging their respective seasons and making a decent bowl game.
Keep reading to find out where to watch, when the game takes place, who might not play for each squad, some BCS implications, a prediction on the final score, and much more.
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
When: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Live Stream: Pac-12.com
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Arizona -7.5 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
Arizona (via USA TODAY)
DL Dominique Austin—Foot—QST
C Kyle Quinn—Ankle—QST
S Jared Tevis—Ankle—QST
OL Trace Biskin—Toe—QST
DE Reggie Gilbert—Ankle—QST
Washington (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
OG Erik Kohler—Knee—OUT
OL Ben Riva—Arm—QST
WR James Johnson—Wrist—QST
While neither team made the initial BCS rankings, they are both on the cusp because of their standings in the two Top 25 polls.
Arizona is currently in the “other’s receiving votes” category of the AP Top 25, while still not yet cracking the rankings in the USA Today poll.
Washington is just outside the AP poll and not far off in USA Today.
A win for either team should see them get a significant bump in the rankings and on the right path to earning a coveted BCS Top 25 standing.
Washington Player to Watch: Bishop Sankey
The sophomore RB has been dominant in his first season as a starter. He’s rushed for 487 yards on 103 attempts and scored six touchdowns in six games.
However, when he has struggled, the Huskies have faltered with him. For example, in Week 6 against USC, Sankey only had 14 carries for 54 yards and no touchdowns. It resulted in a 24-14 loss, the second-straight defeat for Washington.
Expect the young man from Spokane to step his game up, or else the Wildcats will earn an easy victory.
Arizona Player to Watch: Matt Scott
The senior QB has been asked to throw the ball more and more in recent games, but it hasn’t led to success.
It’s not that he’s been careless with the football (six touchdowns compared to just three interceptions in the past two games), he’s just not making the big plays when they count.
Scott has to improve his completion percentage and start coming through in the clutch to give the ‘Cats a chance to win.
Prediction: Washington 28 – Arizona 27
Which team will win?
This is going to be an epic back-and-forth game that the Huskies get the edge in because of their defense.
Under Rich Rodriguez, the Wildcats have been a great offensive team, but there are times when they struggle to get clicking on all cylinders.
The Huskies will sneak away with a huge upset on Saturday and keep Arizona winless in the Pac-12.