September 26, 2013

Football Pick: Arizona vs. Washington

Matchup: Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington Huskies

Date/Time: September 28th, 7:00 ET

Television: FOX

College Football Odds from Diamond Sportsbook

Point Spread: Washington -10

Total: 62

Pac-12 rivals are going to be in the thick of the fight in college football betting action on FOX on Saturday night, as the Washington Huskies take on the Arizona Wildcats at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

The Wildcats are 3-0, but they aren’t the best 3-0 team in the world. The truth of the matter is that they haven’t played anyone yet, and that’s why they aren’t even ranked in the Top 25. They would be if they won this game this week, though few are expecting them to put up a fight. QB BJ Denker is basically running a read option offense where he throws the ball very little. The senior leader of this team has almost as many carries (39) as he does pass attempts (55). The air attack can get going at times, but this is a team that uses the run as its bread and butter. It’s all about RB Ka’Deem Carey in this one. Carey has rumbled for 299 yards in just two games thus far this year, and his backups RB Daniel Jenkins and RB Jared Baker have combined for 362 yards as well. Denker is a mobile quarterback, accounting for 221 yards and a team-best five touchdowns.

This is the year that Head Coach Steve Sarkisian really needed to post some wins, and he’s off to a good start. The Huskies have a signature win over the Boise State Broncos, and they have ripped right through the rest of their foes without all that much in the way of hassles. The defense hasn’t had much competition, but it is only allowing 10.0 points per game thus far on the campaign, and we think that this unit could be the difference in this game. QB Keith Price and RB Bishop Sankey are the men that we always have to look at when we’re talking about Washington football, as they have been around for a long time and have been racking up some big time numbers in doing so. Price has 879 yards and seven TDs on the season, but most important is his 77.0% completion percentage. Sankey has been good for 446 yards and four scores. Three receivers all have at least 199 yards, and three others have at least 70 yards, and all of these weapons could score at any given point in a game.

Still, we aren’t totally buying Washington yet. The home team has won and covered five games in a row in this series, but the Arizona offense has historically had all sorts of success against the Huskies. Even on the road, this isn’t a game that is going to end badly for the Wildcats. We think they are going to get beaten in the end, but to get beaten by double digits just doesn’t jive with our thoughts.

Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington Huskies Pick: Arizona Wildcats +10

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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