Staff Predictions: Week Ten
B.J. Denker
B.J. Denker

Posted Nov 16, 2013

Arizona is set to take on Washington State on Saturday. Read on to see who thinks will come out on top.

Scott Coleman: After losing a tough one last weekend, it'll be very interesting to see how the Wildcats come out on Saturday. It's an early kickoff, and while Washington State hasn't played well over the last month, it has the offensive firepower to cause Arizona's defense some problems.

I expect Connor Halliday to move the ball quite a bit, but without any kind of a run game, UA will likely drop eight in coverage all day long.

Halliday has thrown 18 interceptions this year and I would not be surprised at all if he threw a few more against Arizona's improved secondary.

It's tough to see the Cougars stopping Ka'Deem Carey for very long, and B.J. Denker should be able to have another solid day against an iffy WSU secondary. The game is close for a couple quarters, but Arizona pulls away midway through the second half to pick up their seventh win of the season.

Arizona 42, Washington State 27

Overall: 7-2

Mike Luke: The Cougars have been surprisingly competitive against a few teams, but, by in-large the team's talent is lacking.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Halliday move the ball on the Cats, but, as has been the case throughout the season, look for the Cougars to turn the ball over or get bogged down in the red zone.

Meanwhile, they have no answer for Carey, who should go over his 150 yard per game average.

Arizona 31, Washington State 13

Overall: 8-1

Cody James Martin: The Wildcats are coming off of their most heartbreaking loss of the season, but followed up the other close loss of the year with a big win over Utah. Washington State isn't nearly as good as Utah, but is scary for entirely different reasons.

Washington State's offense is the main factor here and although Mike Leach is a great offensive mind, the Cougars aren't quite where they need to be in order to compete to their fullest ability. At this point in time, the Arizona defense is a few steps ahead of Washington State's offense.

The Wildcats' offense on the other hand, has been firing on all cylinders for most of the season. Ka'Deem Carey will likely be running hungrier than he has all season after the loss. He should carry the offense and be able to open up the passing game fairly easily.

Arizona 42, Washington State 24

Overall: 7-2

Jason Scheer: I know some people think this game will be closer than expected, but I just don't see it. It will be interesting to see how Washington State comes out of the bye, but Mike Leach is so stubborn that I doubt he changes much.

The Cougars just don't run the ball and unless there is a change in game plan, giving Arizona more possessions than normal is a bad idea.

The Wazzu run defense has been awful on the road and the only chance the Cougars have of winning is if this turns into a shootout, which I don't think it will.

Arizona 52, Washington State 24

Overall: 9-0

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