Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats Game Preview and Prediction - 10/22/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Friday, October 22, 2021
Venue:  Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Where to Watch:  ESPN2

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Washington -16.5, Arizona +16.5; Over/Under:  44.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Washington -15.5, Arizona +15.5; Over/Under:  44.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Washington -15.5, Arizona +15.5; Over/Under:  44.5 points
 

Season Record

Washington Huskies:  2-4 (5th place, Pac-12 North)
Arizona Wildcats:  0-6 (6th place, Pac-12 South)
 
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Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Washington Huskies:  lost at home on Oct. 16 against the UCLA Bruins 24-17.
Arizona Wildcats:  lost on the road on Oct. 16 against the Colorado Buffaloes 34-0.
 
 
 

Washington Huskies Analysis

Washington is coming into this game with a 2-4 record overall and they are 0-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 4th conference matchup of the year and they have already fallen behind the mark with a 1-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 1 win came against the California Bears while their 2 losses came against the Oregon State Beavers and against UCLA in their last game. They have now lost their last 2 games coming into this one. Dylan Morris struggled a lot in that game as he completed 20/30 passes for 184 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Kamari Pleasant led the team in rushing with 80 yards on 9 carries while Sean McGrew had 38 yards on 18 carries but that was their entire running game. Rome Odunze led the receivers with 58 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 receptions while Jalen McMillan had 49 receiving yards on 4 receptions in what was a pretty quiet day for the receiving corps. Edefuan Ulofoshio led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones while Asa Turner was right behind him with 6 solo tackles. No one on the defense recorded a sack or came away with an interception in that one. They have scored 141 points in their first 6 games averaging 23.5 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 122 points against them allowing 20.3 PPG. Their offense is averaging 361.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 343.8 YPG. 
 
 

Arizona Wildcats Analysis

Arizona is coming into this game with a 0-6 record overall and they are 0-3 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 4th conference matchup on the schedule for them this year and they have already dug themselves into a hole with a 0-3 record in their conference games this season. Their 3 losses came against the Oregon Ducks, the UCLA Bruins and Colorado in their last game. They were completely shut out in that game, unable to score a single point. Gunner Cruz had a bad game at the quarterback position as he completed 13/22 passes for 82 yards and 1 interception. Will Plummer did not play any better as he completed 7/17 passes for 71 yards and 1 interception. Jalen John led the team in rushing yards with 71 on 11 carries but they did not really get much going in the run game in that one. Stanley Berryhill III led the receivers with 48 yards on 8 receptions in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps. Cristian Roland-Wallace led the defense with 6 solo tackles while Isaiah Rutherford, Gunner Maldonado, and Jaxen Turner were all right behind with 5 solo tackles each. Trevon Mason recorded the only sack for the defense in that game but no one was able to come away with an interception in that one. They have scored 84 points in their first 6 games averaging 14 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 192 points against them allowing 32 PPG. Their offense is averaging 349.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 371.8 YPG.
 

 

Washington vs Arizona Prediction

Washington has a very good defense on their team despite not having the best record. They do not allow a lot of yards or points against them in their games. They are also a run heavy offense and they do not really score a lot of points either as they average under 24 points per game for both points scored in their games and for points against them. Arizona is winless through 6 games this season and their offense has been really bad in their games. They are only averaging 14 points per game and they even have a loss to an FCS team under their belt this year. This is a game where both teams have bad offense but the team with the worse offense is going up against a team with a good defense. This will be a low scoring game between these two so the best bet to place in this game is on the under.
 
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Washington Huskies: 23-30 O/U as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points. 148-152 O/U in all games. 77-83 O/U as a favorite. 102-105 O/U against conference opponents.
Arizona Wildcats: 145-190 ATS in all games. 85-93 ATS as an underdog. 31-35 ATS as a home underdog. 71-99 ATS in home games. 98-126 ATS against conference opponents.
 

Key Injuries

 
Washington Huskies:  A. Tuputala (LB) Ques Fri - Undisclosed injury. J. Polk (WR) out for season - Chest injury.
Arizona Wildcats:  J. Donovan (OL) Ques Fri - Leg injury. G. Cruz (QB) out for season - Thumb injury. J. McCloud (QB) out for season - Leg injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
Washington Huskies: Sean McGrew is one player to watch in this contest. He leads the team in touchdowns scored this season. He is coming off of a quiet game where he did not do a lot and will be looking to change that here. Arizona is a team they can definitely run the ball against so look for him to get a lot of touches here and find the end zone as they try to control the game with their running.
 
Arizona Wildcats: Stanley Berryhill III is one player to watch here. He leads his team in receiving yards this season. He is coming off of a bit of a quiet game and he is one of their biggest playmakers. They will need to get the ball in his hands if they want to have a shot here so look for him to get a lot of looks in this game.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"We have to go back and watch the film and see exactly how it went down. We're not going to play perfect, but we've got to see how our protection was. We've got to see how the route was. I mean interceptions aren't always on the quarterback." - Jimmy Lake on the idea of changing their starting quarterback after a bad interception against UCLA.
 
 
"I don't think we can get Gunner back this year. Will is going to be our guy we're going to ride with." - Jedd Fisch on his team’s starting quarterback situation.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Washington Huskies
WR Davis, Taj 
WR Terrell Bynum
WR McMillan, Jalen 
TE Otton, Cade 
TE Westover, Jack 
QB Morris, Dylan 
RB McGrew, Sean 
 
Arizona Wildcats
WR Cunningham, Tayvian 
WR Casteel, BJ 
WR Berryhill III, Stanley 
TE Wolma, Bryce 
QB Cruz, Gunner 
RB Wiley, Michael 
FB Markoff, Clay 

Statistical Leaders

 
Washington Huskies
Passing: D. Morris (1446)
Rushing: K. Pleasant (229)
Receiving: T. Bynum (284)
Touchdowns: S. McGrew (6)
Sacks: F. Tuitele (3)
Tackles: J. Sirmon (26)
 
Arizona Wildcats
Passing: G. Cruz (536)
Rushing: D. Anderson (239)
Receiving: S. Berryhill III (445)
Touchdowns: B. Curry (2)
Sacks: K. Barrs (2.5)
Tackles: A. Pandy (25)
 
Coaches:
Washington Huskies: Jimmy Lake (2nd season)
Arizona Wildcats: Jedd Fisch (1st season)
 

Weather Forecast

91 degrees F sunny, 18% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 7 mph wind speeds S.


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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