The Washington Huskies (4-2) travel to Tucson this weekend for an important PAC-12 battle with the Arizona Wildcats (4-1). Kickoff is set for 11:00 PM EST on Saturday, October 12th at Arizona Stadium and the game will be televised on FS1.
Taking a look at the Week 7 college football odds, Washington opened as a 7-point road favorite earlier this week. That spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as the Huskies are currently listed at -6.5. The total for the game is sitting at 59.5 points.
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Washington had their three game winning streak come to a close last weekend after a tough 23-13 road loss against Stanford. The Huskies trailed by just a field goal at the half but couldn’t find a way to get anything going offensively over the final two quarters, scoring only three points over the final 30 minutes of the game. QB Jacob Eason didn’t play very well, going just 16/36 for 206 yards and a touchdown while also getting picked off once. RB Richard Newton led the way on the ground, rushing for 64 yards on a team-high ten carries. Cade Otton was the only member of the receiving corps to find the end zone for Washington, scoring a touchdown on one of his two receptions for only 16 yards. As a whole, the offense gained 294 total yards and scored only seven points in the double-digit loss.
The Huskies defense had a pretty average outing against the Cardinal, surrendering over 350 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Washington really struggled to slow down Stanford RB Cameron Scarlett on the ground, giving up 151 rushing yards and a touchdown over his game-high 33 carries.
Arizona won their fourth consecutive game last weekend, beating Colorado 35-30 on the road to improve to 4-1 on the season overall. The Wildcats trailed 20-14 in the second quarter before charging back after halftime, outscoring the Buffaloes 21-10 down the stretch. QB Khalil Tate had a monster performance, going 31/41 for 404 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Nathan Tilford found the end zone twice on the ground despite rushing for only 23 yards. Cedric Peterson and Brian Casteel led the way for the Arizona pass-catchers, combining for 173 yards and two touchdowns on ten receptions. Overall, the offense racked up almost 500 total yards and scored five touchdowns against a below average Colorado defense.
The Wildcats had a below average outing defensively in Week 6, giving up almost 500 total yards and three touchdowns. Arizona really struggled to defend against the pass, as Colorado WR Tony Brown hauled in ten passes for 141 receiving yards.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: UNDER 59.5
I really don’t have a strong lean towards either of these PAC-12 rivals on Saturday evening, as this appears to be shaping up to be a close, hard-fought battle that could easily come down to the final few minutes of the fourth quarter. While I think that Washington should find a way to win this game outright, I am a bit concerned about the 6.5 point spread. The Huskies lost by double-digits despite being a decent favorite over Stanford last weekend and also struggled against CaL back in Week 2. On the other side, Arizona has been a tough team to read through their first five games, winning four straight but barely scraping by both UCLA and Colorado.
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I think the best value in this particular spot is probably the UNDER on 59.5 total points scored, as both of these teams have been involved in several medium to low scoring games this year already – especially when playing against PAC-12 opponents. Washington and Cal combined for just 39 points, Washington and USC combined for 42 points, and Washington and Stanford combined for just 36 points. Arizona has been in a few more shootouts but that wasn’t the case in their matchup against UCLA, as the teams combined for only 37 points. I’m going to avoid both teams against the spread and instead take the UNDER on 59.5 total points scored in what could easily be a much lower scoring game than expected.