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How and what to watch for Arizona vs. Washington

The Jimmy Lake era started with a win. Can Washington keep it going against Arizona, which hasn’t won a game since last October?

Washington Huskies place kicker Peyton Henry and holder Race Porter watch a successful field goal attempt against the Oregon State Beavers during the fourth quarter at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Huskies and Arizona Wildcats have each completed one game in the 2020 season with one canceled. Washington is in its first year with a new head coach, while Arizona’s struggles from last season are bleeding into this year.

Washington comes in with a 1-0 record in the first game of the Jimmy Lake era, defeating Oregon State 27-21 last week. The Huskies finished with 5.2 yards per rush, which ranks 25th in college football, though they are just one game in. In addition, Washington’s pass game wasn’t all that effective in Game 1, throwing for just 141 yards n 14 of 24 passing for freshman quarterback Dylan Morris.

Arizona has not won a college football game since Oct. 5 of last season, and it started with a tough loss to USC in a game it had a chance to win, leading in the final minute of play. Arizona’s offense moved the ball effectively, finishing the game with 444 total yards. Sophomore Grant Gunnell played well in the opener but did not have much time to get rid of the ball.

Washington won the last three games of this series including a 51-27 road win in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Arizona vs. Washington on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Arizona vs. Washington (-12.5)
Point Total: 53.5
Money line: Arizona (+350) vs. Washington (-480)

  • Arizona is 0-8 straight up in its last eight games and is 2-6 against the spread in that span.
  • Washington is 4-1 straight up in its last five games, and the under hit in all five games.
  • Washington is 18-2 straight up in its last 20 homes games, and Arizona is 1-8 straight up in its last nine road games.

Betting splits

Arizona: (51% of handle, 52% percent of bets)
Washington: (34% of handle, 46% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Washington should control the tempo of this game, and it would be wise to keep the ball on the ground with a solid rushing attack and a freshman running the show at quarterback. I am a believer in the Washington defense despite the coaching change, and points will be hard to come by in this one. It’s not a fun thing to do for anybody, but let’s root against points and cheer on three-yard runs to get the under.

Pick: Under 52.5

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