WSU Notes: Cougs a slight underdog to Arizona

WASHINGTON STATE opened as a four-point underdog to Arizona, (Saturday, Pac-12 Networks, 3 p.m.) And there would appear to be plenty of fireworks in the offing come Saturday in Pullman.

Arizona is allowing 432.0 yards of offense a game, ranking No. 90 in the FBS. WSU is allowing 443.7 ypg, (No. 96).

The over/under hadn't been released at press time, perhaps because Las Vegas needs more computing power to come up with that number.

Arizona has not been able to generate a consistent pass rush this season - the front three on the Wildcats' d-line have three sacks total. And when Connor Halliday has time, well ...

The linebackers are a good group, led by Scooby Wright, but the defensive secondary is ninth in the Pac-12 in pass defense, surrendering 278 yards per game. If WSU is on, Halliday could challenge that number by halftime. But...

Arizona is a second half team. The Wildcats have been outscored 84-80 through two quarters. But something happens in the locker room. Arizona has outscored teams 145-77 in the third- and fourth-quarters.

Arizona's best game on defense came against Oregon - they got pressure on Marcus Mariota. But that was really the only quarterback who has felt the heat this season playing Arizona.

Arizona likes to run the ball on offense, and true freshman RB Nick Wilson is averaging 114.6 ypg. But Wilson (ankle) missed the game against USC, Arizona's only loss this season, and his status is undisclosed for this week. He also suffered a concussion earlier in the season but did not miss any time with 12 days between the Cal and Oregon games.

Nick Daschel will have much more on Arizona in his Early Glimpse article this week on CF.C.


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