The Washington State Cougars will try and continue their dream season and stay atop the Pac-12 North standings when they travel away from home for just the third time this season, flying to Tucson to face the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday night.
Early in the year, it was assumed this matchup would be far more important to WSU than to Arizona, but now, both teams still control their own destinies for the conference title.
Arizona has made a surprise three-game run of victories on the back of quarterback Khalil Tate, who came in against Colorado for an injured Brandon Dawkins and promptly set the NCAA record for rushing yards in a game for a quarterback. Tate has kept it rolling, taking home three-straight Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week awards.
Stopping Tate will be paramount for the WSU defense, which is among the most stout in the nation through the season’s first eight games and will certainly be the toughest Arizona has faced so far. This will be a classic test of strength vs. strength.
When WSU has the ball, it will test an Arizona defense that has been porous. The Cougars struggled to score two weeks ago in Berkeley, but got somewhat back on track against Colorado, logging four touchdowns in driving rainstorm. The Wildcats offer an opportunity for Luke Falk and company to get back to true Air Raid form.
Game time: 6:30 pm PT
TV channel: Pac-12 Network
Online stream: Pac-12 Live (sign-in required)