The Washington Huskies are coming into week five with an unbeaten record and the highest ranking the school has had in recent memory. Taking down a ranked Boise State squad and a tough, undefeated Illinois Fighting Illini team has been the correct road to being ranked for the Huskies.
On the other side of the field, the Arizona Wildcats have one of the most potent offenses in the Pac-12. Rich Rodriguez is leading this team for the second-straight season and he has brought his offensive mind to Arizona. This team could surprise some people moving forward.
Washington has one of the best offenses in the nation. Quarterback Keith Price has completed over 77 percent of his passes for 879 yards and seven touchdowns this season — he is quickly becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the nation that no one talks about. Bishop Sankey has rushed for over 440 yards and four touchdowns this year, rounding out one of the best quarterback-running back duos in the nation.
Arizona has a potent run game this season while watching its offense suffer mightily. The rushing offense ranks fifth in the nation with over 320 yards per game and Ka’Deem Carey is a big reason for that. He has rushed for 299 yards and four touchdowns this season while missing the first game of the season — averaging 150 yards per game. The quarterback situation has been the only issue on offense — and it’s a big one. Senior quarterback B.J. Denker is more of a runner than a passer, rushing for 224 yards and five touchdowns while passing for just two scores.
Defensively, the Huskies and Wildcats both have a top-10 national defense in terms of points allowed per game — combining for 18.7 points allowed per game which is better than most single teams. However, Arizona has yet to be truly tested and the defense was below average a season ago.
Arizona will travel to Washington to take on the Huskies at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 28. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.
PREDICTION: Arizona 20, Washington 31