Arizona heavily favored

When news came out that Jake Locker would be out up to six weeks with a thumb injury, you could almost feel the sigh of relief from Arizona fans throughout the country.

When news came out that Jake Locker would be out up to six weeks with a thumb injury, you could almost feel the sigh of relief from Arizona fans throughout the country.

One of Arizona coach Mike Stoops' major criticisms has been that he has difficulty stopping a running quarterback. When Locker ran for over 100 yards last season, that criticism was reinforced.

However, the injury completely takes that out of the equation. Now there are limited excuses for Stoops and Arizona, as Washington is definitely an inferior squad. The Huskies are likely the ninth best team in the conference and the dominating loss to Stanford shows why.

Without Locker, Washington is predictable. No offense to Ronnie Fouch, but he definitely is not on the level of Locker. He does not pose the same type of threat to run and has not seen certain types of defense that opposing teams are going to throw at him.

You would have to expect the Wildcats to mix things up and blitz Fouch because the defense in practice is nothing like a game planned defense. Fouch has the ability to get away from likely blitzes, but not to the point where he is going to break a run fifty yards down field.

Arizona now knows exactly what it will be seeing. Washington's running game is lacking and the receivers need to get healthier. If the Huskies go into Tucson at the strength and health they are at now, you would have to believe that this football game will not be close, especially if the performance by Washington's defense continues.

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