HUSKIES OPPONENT THIS WEEK
ARIZONA WILDCATS (5-3 overall, 2-3 in Pac-12)
8 P.M. SATURDAY, HUSKY STADIUM, FOX SPORTS 1, 1000-AM/97.7 FM
COACH: Rich Rodriguez (31-17 in fourth year at Arizona; 107-65 in 14th year overall)
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AGAINST THE HUSKIES: Washington leads the all-time series 19-11-1.
SCOUTING REPORT: After an ugly offensive performance against Stanford, the Huskies should be happy to see Arizona next on the schedule. The Wildcats’ defense has been ravaged by injuries this season, and they’ve allowed an average of 38.8 points in their five Pac-12 games — including single-game totals of 56, 55 and 45 (against UCLA, Stanford and Washington State, respectively). … Arizona is particularly vulnerable against the pass, allowing an average of 7.6 yards per pass attempt, a figure that is tied for 91st nationally. The Wildcats also yield about 5.73 yards per play, which ranks 84th. … At quarterback, Arizona has rotated between sophomore Anu Solomon and fifth-year senior Jerrard Randle. Solomon completes 62.4 percent of his passes and has thrown 13 touchdowns without an interception, while Randall has proven to be a legitimate threat as a runner. He averages 11 yards per rush and has 639 yards rushing, though he completes just 53.0 percent of his pass attempts. … Nick Wilson and Jared Baker comprise a dynamic backfield. The duo have combined for 1,183 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.
DID YOU KNOW? Rodriguez isn’t happy about late kickoff times, either. After learning last week that this game would begin at 8 p.m., Rodriguez told reporters: “Don’t go on your soapbox and talk about student athlete welfare and then have these kids get back at 5 or 6 in the morning. If we’re in it for that part of it, there’s got to be a better way. At some point the conference has to have the ability to step in and say ‘hey, give this team one afternoon road game.’ Maybe all the rest are at night, but give them one break so they can get home at a reasonable hour. It’s silly, it really is.”
Sept. 3 W, 42-32, vs. Texas-San Antonio
Sept. 12 W, 44-20, at Nevada
Sept. 19 W, 77-13, vs. Northern Arizona
Sept. 26 L, 56-30, vs. UCLA
Oct. 3 L, 55-17, at Stanford
Oct. 10 W, 44-7, vs. Oregon State
Oct. 17 W, 38-31, at Colorado
Oct. 24 L, 45-42, vs. Washington State
Oct. 31 at Washington
Nov. 7 at USC
Nov. 14 vs. Utah
Nov. 21 at Arizona State
COUGARS OPPONENT THIS WEEK
No. 8 STANFORD CARDINAL (6-1 overall, 5-0 in Pac-12)
7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, MARTIN STADIUM, ESPN, 710-AM
COACH: David Shaw (48-13 in fifth season at Stanford and overall)
AGAINST THE COUGARS: Stanford leads the all-time series 36-28-1.
SCOUTING REPORT: There isn’t a better team on WSU’s schedule than Stanford, the hottest team in the Pac-12. The Cardinal has won six consecutive games since losing its season opener, 16-6, at Northwestern, and is averaging 45 points per game in five games against conference teams. … Star tailback Christian McCaffrey is on pace to break the NCAA single-season record for all-purpose yards. He leads the nation with 259.7 all-purpose yards per game, and has 953 yards rushing on 153 carries. … Stanford allows 5.15 yards per play against Pac-12 opponents, a mark that ranks third in the league, and the Cardinal has allowed fewer yards against Pac-12 competition than any other team in the conference. … Senior quarterback Kevin Hogan commands a balanced offense, and has thrown for 1,576 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. … McCaffrey is also Stanford’s top receiver, with 21 catches for 284 yards. Five other Cardinal players have 139 or more receiving yards.
DID YOU KNOW? ESPN’s “College GameDay” preview show, which airs each Saturday at 6 a.m. Pacific time, might originate this week from Pullman. As of Sunday night, ESPN had not decided between Pullman or Philadelphia — for Temple’s game against Notre Dame. “GameDay” has never visited Pullman.
Sept. 5 L, 16-6, at Northwestern
Sept. 12 W, 31-7, vs. UCF
Sept. 19 W, 41-31, at USC
Sept. 25 W, 42-24, at Oregon State
Oct. 3 W, 55-17, vs. Arizona
Oct. 15 W, 56-35, vs. UCLA
Oct. 24 W, 31-14, vs. Washington
Oct. 31 at Washington State
Nov. 7 at Colorado
Nov. 14 vs. Oregon
Nov. 21 vs. California
Nov. 28 vs. Notre Dame
Christian Caple, staff writer