The Arizona Wildcats head to Pullman this weekend, still in search of their first conference win of the season.
So will they be able to pull the upset over the currently undefeated-in-conference Washington State Cougars, or will it be what most people are expecting?
Make your pick below, as we give our thoughts on how Saturday’s game will transpire.
Gabe Encinas: I’m going to have to go against Arizona once again. Washington State is hot and I’m not sure Arizona’s offense will be able to produce to keep up with the Cougars. Multiple members of the defense last season had told me that Mike Leach is an offensive genius, throwing everything at them. One thing I’m also interested to see is if the staff throws Isaiah Hayes out there over Jarvis McCall once again.
The defense does everything they can to keep Arizona in this game, it’s just the offense that hasn’t been able to move.
34-14 Washington State
Alec Sills-Trausch: Six straight wins for the Cougars will become seven around 5pm on Saturday. With a rock solid offense and a defense that is doing just enough to win (their last three wins have been by six, five, and four), the Cougs are too talented for the injury riddled, running back hobbled Wildcats. While the trip to Pullman isn’t as bad as it used to be with chartered planes nowadays, it’s still not a fun trip.
Washington State 40 - Arizona 17
David Stevenson: Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach broke into the Pac-12 Conference together, but their teams are going in complete opposite directions this season. Washington State is riding a six-game win streak and still controls its destiny to win the North Division. Meanwhile, Rodriguez is on the cusp of missing a bowl game and still doesn’t have a clear starter at quarterback. This one is a blowout.
Washington State 48 Arizona 13
Steve Apter: Washington State returned most of their offensive starters that posted 45 points in Arizona in Tucson last season including receiver Gabe Marks and quarterback Luke Falk. Marks and Falk hooked up for four touchdowns against Arizona in last year's meeting and this year's version of the Arizona secondary might be worse. Zona schemes a few points in the board in a trap game for Wazzu, but Falk is too good to lose to this defense.
Washington State 40 - Arizona 26
Brandon Combs: I'm not sure how Arizona’s offense will move the ball against Wazzu. The Cougs’ defense isn't anything special, but the Arizona offense has struggled to get moving this year. I believe the defense will play admirably and keep Arizona in the game, but the offense has to keep up its end of the bargain.
Wazzu has found a decent running game this year to go along with the “Air Raid”.
Wazzu 38 - Arizona 31
Ryan Kelapire: Washington State’s air raid offense destroyed Arizona as Luke Falk threw for 2814391 yards (that’s an estimation, of course) and I don’t see that being any different this year.
And this time, Arizona’s offense, which has been putrid this season, won’t be able to keep the Wildcats in the game.
WSU 41, Arizona 20
Jason Bartel: I’m not going to be the contrarian here. I just don’t think Arizona has any shot in this one.
WSU 45, Arizona 17