Arizona, arguably the biggest surprise in the Pac-12, looks to remain the lone unbeaten team in the South Division on Saturday night when it hosts Washington -- which has failed to live up to preseason expectations. This is the first meeting between the teams since Washington posted a 35-28 win at Arizona in 2016.
How to watch:
When: Saturday, Oct. 12
Time: 11:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FS1
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
The Wildcats (4-1, 2-0) have reeled off four straight victories after opening the season with a 45-38 loss at Hawaii. Khalil Tate returned from a one-game absence due to injury to throw for a career-high 404 yards and three touchdowns as Arizona outlasted Colorado, 35-30, on the road last Saturday.
Tate, who struggled last season at times grasping offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s schemes, has thrown for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns in four games, while completing 67.5 percent of his passes. Though no longer asked to be the dual-threat quarterback he was in 2017 when he burst onto the national scene with 1,411 rushing yards, Tate still has that capability and is second on the team to Gary Brightwell with 261.
Kevin Sumlin has put together a deep receiving corps as eight players have at least 10 receptions. Brian Casteel has a team-best 21 catches, while Tayvian Cunningham is pacing Arizona in receiving yards with 233.
The Wildcats have not opened a season 3-0 in conference play since 2000, but that team then lost the remaining five games in league play. Despite the fast start, Arizona’s defense still has plenty of room for improvement -- Arizona has yielded at least 411 yards in every game and 477.8 per contest.
Washington (4-2, 1-2), which was ranked 13th in the AP Top 25 preseason poll and 12th in the USA Today coaches’ poll, fell out of both after its, 23-13, loss at Stanford last Saturday. Jacob Eason struggled all game to find a rhythm, completing 16 of 36 passes for 206 yards with a touchdown and an interception, as the Huskies were held to three points in the second half.
The offense was not the lone culprit in the loss, as the Cardinal gashed the Huskies defense for a season-worst 482 yards, including 189 on the ground. In its five games vs. FBS opponents, Washington has yielded 162.6 rushing yards per game.
Eason completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,449 yards and 11 TDs. Aaron Fuller and Hunter Bryant have been a dynamic receiving tandem, combining for 60 catches, 840 yards, and five touchdowns.