Staff Predictions: Washington State

Arizona will face Washington State on Saturday. Read on to see who believes will win the game.

Michael Luke: Although Washington State is probably better than its 2-5 record would indicate, the Cougars still aren’t very good.

Washington State can certainly score, but I still expect Arizona to win decisively. Washington State possesses the passing game that figures to be the ultimate wildcard in this contest, but the Arizona defense will be able to contain it for the most part.

Arizona 31, Washington State 17

Overall: 4-2

Cody James Martin: Arizona's trip to Pullman should be an epic shootout of two offensive juggernaut coaches. That's what I thought last year and that's what I'm going with this year.

This is going to be an absolute slugfest. Washington State is in full desperation mode trying to save the season and Arizona is just trying to keep the momentum swinging in its favor.

Arizona's injuries have healed, but I just don't think the defense can keep up with Mike Leach's offense. Arizona can't give Connor Halliday five-plus seconds to pass every play if it wants to win and that's definitely a concern.

Sixty minutes and over 1,000 yards of total offense between the two teams will see the Cougars fend off a furious comeback attempt to hold on for the win.

Washington State 44, Arizona 41

Overall: 4-2

Jason Scheer: It seems that every time we think two defense won't show up, we wind up being wrong and it's the defense that wins the game. Jeff Casteel is really good coming out of the bye week and Arizona actually defended Washington State well last season.

Anu Solomon has heard a ton about his slow starts and this is the week they finally go away. Washington State puts up the yardage, but it has to work harder to do it while the Wildcats control the game on the ground.

Arizona 34, Washington State 30

Overall: 5-1

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