CF.C Keys To The Game: WSU vs. Arizona

THE COUGS ARE a 2 1/2 point underdog to Arizona (Pac-12 Networks, 3 p.m.) Here's how they can win going away ...

Cougars (2-5) vs Wildcats (5-1)
AT A GLANCE
KICKOFF:
3:00 pm Pacific Time

WHERE:
Martin Stadium (32,952)

TELEVISION:
Pac-12 Networks

RADIO:
The Cougar Sports Radio Network covers much of the West. Click here for listings.

THE LINE:
Arizona by 2 1/2

LAST MEETING:
WSU won 24-17 in 2013

THE SERIES:
Arizona leads 25-14

CF.C PREDICTION:
Cougs 42, Wildcats 35

WHEN WSU HAS THE BALL
1. Attack the nickel.
Arizona runs a base nickel defense but the extra defender has helped little against the pass. Opposing QBs have a 148.0 rating this season. With that in mind, WSU also ran the ball very effectively against Arizona last year, and should be able to again when called upon.

2. Avoid a slow start.
Much of WSU's strategy for success could depend on getting a fast start and putting the pressure on quarterback Anu Solomon. But bye weeks can be temperamental on the timing of passing offenses.

WHEN WSU IS ON DEFENSE
3. Pick Off Solomon, force and recover fumbles.
Arizona's running game is no where near as potent as last year, but the freshman quarterback has proven to be a very capable passer. Put pressure him and anticipate quick passes in response. Solomon's accuracy has been inconsistent and the Cougars desperately need to force some takeaways.

4. Wrap up your man.
Arizona is dependent on a lot of yards after the catch, but they also struggle running the ball in the red zone. Don't let a few missed tackles deliver the long touchdown drives that have so often eluded the Wildcats.

WHEN WSU IS ON SPECIAL TEAMS
5. Avoid catastrophe.
I hate to sound like a broken record but the bottom line is these teams matched up evenly last year and they do again this year. WSU can't let disastrous special teams play give Arizona the defining edge.

Check back on CF.C after the game for our wall-to-wall coverage.


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