ESPN's SP+ predicts the score of Washington's game against Arizona
Two of the best passing offenses in college football square off on Saturday at Husky Stadium.
The Arizona Wildcats come to town to battle with the Washington Huskies. Both teams are coming off losses and will look to get back on track. Washington averages 41 a game thanks to a passing game that ranks second nationally in yards per game and third nationally in explosive plays (15-plus yards) produced.
The only two teams that are better at hitting those shot plays in the passing game? Tulsa and Arizona. The Wildcats have 54 such pass plays this season. Washington has 52. Saturday’s contest has the makings of a back-and-forth affair with highlights galore.
Bill Connelly’s SP+ thinks the Huskies win handily, though.
The predictive model is calling for a 42-20 Washington win. It gives UW a 90% chance of winning.
Washington is facing its first bit of adversity in under coach Kalen DeBoer. The Huskies have dropped back-to-back games, including last week’s 45-38 loss at Arizona State.
UW is also dealing with a thin secondary that was exposed in its loss to the Sun Devils. Backup ASU quarterback Trenton Bourguet entered the game after an injury knocked the ASU starter out and he went on to complete 15 of his 21 passes with three touchdowns.
Arizona has lost its last 12 conference road games and it hasn’t won in Seattle since 2007, but it’ll be led into this year’s matchup by a quarterback who had quite the performance last time he stepped foot in Husky Stadium.
Jayden de Laura went 27-for-32 for 245 yards in Washington State’s 40-13 Apple Cup win over Washington last season. In his first season with the Wildcats, he’s been alternating between good and poor. The Cats lost to Oregon at home last week, 49-22, so perhaps the pendulum swings back this weekend.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.