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Week 5 - Arizona at Washington
Washington QB Keith Price
Washington QB Keith Price
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Week 5 Fearless Predictions - Arizona at Washington

Arizona (3-0) at Washington (3-0) Sept. 28, 7:00, Fox

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Half of the Pac-12 has yet to lose a game in 2013. Two of those six teams will put their perfect marks on the line at Husky Stadium this weekend.

Washington has been burrowing deeper into the Top 25 since opening the season with wins over Boise State and Illinois. Still, the Huskies have yet to face a league opponent, the barometer to determine whether they’ve moved any closer to North Division heavyweights Stanford and Oregon, who are next on the slate.

Arizona is kind of a mystery right now, because it’s yet to play a quality opponent. Sure, the Wildcats are 3-0, but how much can be gleaned from routs of Northern Arizona, UNLV and UTSA? Somewhat of an afterthought in the Pac-12 South race, ‘Zona moves right into the mix with UCLA, Arizona State and USC if it can end U-Dub’s perfect start.
Why Arizona Might Win: The Wildcats believe they can score on anyone, spreading the field and running wild between the wide gaps in the line. They’ll test their theory this week against an improved Washington defense. Arizona is averaging 44 points and 322 rushing yards a game. Three players are on a 1,000-yard pace, QB B.J. Denker and backs Ka’Deem Carey and Daniel Jenkins. Carey is one of the premier runners in the country, the kind of back who can put a program on his shoulders and carry it to huge wins.
Why Washington Might Win: Arizona has one elite player, Carey. Washington has balance and diversity on both sides of the ball. What’s made the Huskies so intriguing this month is that they’re getting contributions from all over the roster. RB Bishop Sankey is No. 2 nationally in rushing, QB Keith Price is No. 8 in passing efficiency and the defense has only allowed 30 points in three games. It’s going to take a complete team to beat Washington right now, especially in Seattle. The Wildcats are not that team.
Who To Watch Out For: Price’s ability to tap into his sophomore self has made all the difference in the world for the Huskies. He’s making great decisions, which has helped with the development of the younger receivers. That All-American TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is getting back into the flow will make the passing game that much more lethal.

- Can Denker stretch the defense? It doesn’t seem likely, based on his limited arm strength and his limited receiving corps. Washington will jam the box with the likes of linebackers Shaq Thompson and John Timu until the ‘Cats are able to make it pay.

- Washington is plus-eight in sacks through three games, which speaks volumes about the program’s growth in 2013. Not only are ends Josh Shirley and Hau'oli Kikaha collapsing the pocket, but the Husky tackles are protecting Price for a change.

- There aren’t a ton of defenders the Huskies must worry about on Arizona. Spur Tra’Mayne Bondurant is a glaring exception. The do-everything hybrid is a game-changer, with three tackles for loss, three picks and three pass breakups already.
What Will Happen: Arizona can beat Washington with Carey. Washington can beat Arizona in so many different ways. The Huskies have all kinds of options, which will allow Steve Sarkisian and his assistants to make in-game adjustment to gain an edge. It’s early , but U-Dub is bucking to become the Pac-12’s third best team, and it won’t have too much trouble disposing of the incomplete Wildcats Saturday.
Prediction: Washington 40 … Arizona 23
Line: Washington -8 o/u: 64
Must See Rating: (5 Rush – 1 Dads) … 3
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