The 8th-ranked Washington Huskies (4-0, 1-0) head to the desert to take on the Arizona Wildcats (3-1, 1-0) in an early battle for position in the Pac-12. The Huskies’ road to Tucson has been a little more impressive after easy wins early on, while Arizona struggled against Stanford (21-20) as a 13-point road favorite.
Washington is an 18.5-point favorite after 85% of the spread money came in on the Huskies after opening -18. The total is locked in at 66, a 3.5-point drop from the send-out number of 69.5. Kick-off is scheduled for 10:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm PT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network. Let’s dive into our Washington vs Arizona odds preview starting with the Huskies.
Washington Moving Closer To #1
The Huskies received one number-one vote in this week’s poll, meaning voters are starting to believe in Washington with every passing week. This week provides a problem for one of the nation’s top offenses, and that is a possible look-ahead spot with a home date with Oregon on deck. Quarterback Michael Pennix has thrown for over 400 yards three times this season, but assume that Head Coach Kalen DeBoer wants to keep some things off of film this week in anticipation of the showdown.
According to the latest College Football Championship odds, Washington is now +1800, the 8th choice on the board. Dating back to last season, the Huskies are now 9-6 ATS after two straight losing seasons in 20-21. As a favorite, Washington is 8-6 ATS in that span, but 10-13 ATS since 2020 as a favorite.
The Huskies have won six straight games against Arizona and are the only school with three players to have 300 yards or more of total offense if you need further details on just how dangerous DeBoer’s team is. We shift gears on our Washington vs Arizona preview with a look at the Wildcats.
Sell-Out Crowd Expected, Defense Must Regroup
No one is checking College Football championship odds to see where the Arizona Wildcats are, but in his third year at the program, Head Coach Jedd Fisch knows in order to be considered one of the top teams in the nation they need to have a dominant defense like they used to have during the days of ‘Desert Swarm’.
Arizona is giving up 314.2 yards per game and is allowing 6.59 yards per play. A 1-point win against Stanford isn’t a good look, even though you could argue that last week was Arizona’s look-ahead spot. The ‘Cats still are unsure if quarterback Jayden de Laura will be their signal caller after leaving last week’s game with an ankle injury. If not, redshirt freshman Noah Fifita will get the start.
Not a good look when you may need to go score for score with Washington. Our guess is Arizona will try to control the clock by running the ball. We conclude our Washington vs Arizona preview with our official selection.
Too Many Offensive Factors To Consider
Normally, an over wager involving the Huskies would be automatic, but with Oregon on deck, we think you’re going to see Wahing to the ball more if the game allows. Getting out of this game healthy should be the goal of DeBoer.
As for the Wildcats, we can’t bet this game over because this is a school that put up just 21 against the Cardinal. We think 66 is too much, making our official selection under the total. Back to looking up last week’s NCAAF scores and odds, we wish you nothing but the best with your wagers this weekend.
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