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Arizona vs. WSU: Three Keys to a Wildcats victory in Pullman

To the yet unknowing world, Pullman is not capable of making good music

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The Arizona Wildcats are visiting Pullman, Washington and the Washington State Cougars for the first time since 2010. But are they really visiting Pullman?

Rich Rodriguez said this week that the team is actually staying in Moscow, Idaho, which has its own state college, the University of Idaho. It's also apparently the first time RichRod has ever set foot in the state of Idaho (sorry potential recruits that live in Idaho).

This loophole saves me from having to try to find something interesting about Pullman and use Moscow as this week's home of 'Three Keys'.

Moscow, not to be confused with Russia, is home to one notable musical act. Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has been putting out albums since 1999 after being born and raised in Moscow.

Let Ritter paint you a picture of just how Arizona will drive away from wherever Pullman is with a win, and bring joy to you baby.

1. Stuck To You

For Arizona to be effective against an experienced front-seven of Washington State, the offensive line will need to step up its game from two weeks ago against USC. There is no way that the Wildcats can win this game if Anu Solomon is constantly pressured, and if the run game is unable to establish itself. With Cayman Bundage listed as questionable on the injury report, Lene Maiava and Jacob Alsadek will get their chance to prove themselves.

2. The Bad Actress

Alright, that's a little bit of a shot at Arizona kicker Casey Skowron, but his ability to bounce back after the last game will be something to watch. Last time we saw Skowron, he was doing this, which was some horrific acting on his part. The Wildcats, especially in the first half, seem to have the tendency to stall out in the redzone. Can't leave points out on the field, especially against a team like WSU who has the capability of putting up a bunch o' points.

3. Bandits

Are you ready for Jared Tevis to have a big game? Me too. Arizona's senior bandit safety has just one interception and one pass breakup in the first half of the season. While he's second on the team in tackles, I think Tevis is poised to make some big time plays, and cause a couple of turnovers with how many chances this secondary will likely get Saturday afternoon. And let's be honest, he'll have to make up for some of the lack of talent in the rest of the secondary.