Staff Predictions: Week Six

Arizona welcomes Utah to town on Saturday. Read on to see who thinks will come out with the win.

Cody James Martin: This game could go either way and will likely be decided late in the fourth quarter. Utah won't be able to stop Ka'Deem Carey, but it will likely key in on him and try to slow down the offense.

The key to the game will be how well B.J. Denker plays. He carries the confidence from the USC game into this one and the Wildcats come away with a late score to win the game. Arizona 31, Utah 28

Overall 4-1

Scott Coleman: This game will likely set the tone for the rest of the season. Win this one and a bowl game seems to be a lock for UA. Lose, and after a promising 3-0 start, you have to start wondering if the Cats will finish with a sub-.500 record in Year 2 of the Rich Rod era.

Utah is a solid team on both sides of the ball. You can make an argument they're about three or four plays away from being 6-0 and ranked in the top-15. You can also argue they were a bit lucky to escape with two wins over Utah State and Stanford, their two most impressive victories to date.

With all of the uncertainty surrounding B.J. Denker, it's tough to have too much faith in picking Arizona right now, even if it is at home. I think this will be a close game throughout, but Utah storms down the field late in the 4th to steal away yet another big conference victory.

Utah 34, Arizona 30

Overall: 5-0

Michael Luke: The key to this game is turnovers. Even if Denker can't get anything going through the air, he CAN'T give Utah free points. Arizona fans are, rightfully, optimistic about him after the USC game, but Utah is a tougher test and a more complete team with more skill at the corner position. Look for Carey to get his customary 125 plus yards, and Denker to revert to pre-USC form.

Utah 27, Arizona 17

Overall: 5-0

Jason Scheer: I am a full believer in let down games, especially at the college level. Utah has had to get up two straight weeks for UCLA and Stanford and it could be tough to do it again, especially on the road.

In addition, this is a desperate Arizona team that likely needs the win more than Utah right now. Arizona has what we would describe as three very winnable games and if it is unable to come up with a victor on Saturday, you have to worry about the direction this team is going to go in.

Utah's defense has been strong this season, but Ka'Deem Carey gashed the Utes last season and you get the feeling he is going to have his best performance of the year one week after only getting 21 carries.

Arizona 27, Utah 24

Overall: 5-0

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