(3-3, 2-4 ATS)
(5-1, 3-3 ATS)
This could be an incredibly treacherous NCAA football betting affair on Saturday night for the hosts, as the Arizona Wildcats are certainly not going to want to be messing with the Washington Huskies.
The Huskies are on the warpath right now, largely thanks to that loss that they suffered at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers a few weeks ago. Since that point, they picked up a win against the USC Trojans on the road in a huge way and took care of the Oregon State Beavers in overtime. This is a gritty team that is 2-1 in conference play and controls its own destiny for the Rose Bowl, though four more road games certainly won’t be fun. QB Jake Locker is rebounding nicely, as he is one of the best signal callers in the nation and has probably restored his status as the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. U-Dub has had some amazing offensive games this year, such as scoring 32 against the Trojans and 35 against the Beavers. The problems comes in these lapses, like in a home loss to the Arizona State Sun Devils (24-14) and a 23-17 drop to the BYU Cougars in Provo. The defense is struggling, allowing 31.3 points per game this year, but we must remember that it was only three years ago that this team was struggling just to win a single game, let alone enough to go to a bowl game. If by chance the Huskies do find three more wins in this very tough schedule, HC Steve Sarkisian should be considered for Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Arizona’s big problem right now though, stems around its quarterback. QB Nick Foles was the undisputed leader of this team, and when he limped off the field last weekend against the Washington State Cougars, you could just feel the air come out of the team. Sure, the Cats went on to win 24-7 that day at home against Wazzou, but something clearly is right at this point that had better be fixed, or they are going to get picked off not just in this game, but in several down the stretch of the season. The game plan has been kept rather hush, hush by HC Mike Stoops, though he has announced that backup QB Matt Scott is going to be the man taking snaps on Saturday. Scott only threw for 220 yards with a TD and an INT last week against the porous Washington State defense. The offense was already shaky as it was on this team, averaging just 20.3 points per game against three iffy Pac-10 opponents. The best part of this slate is yet to come, starting this week with the duel against U-Dub.
This is just too bad of a spot for Arizona to get around. Not only are the Wildcats not nearly deserving of their Top 25 ranking, but they might not ultimately find their way to a bowl game this year either. Losing this one would be absolutely devastating, especially if Foles is out long term, as there might not being another game this year in which the Cats are favored. Bet against them while they’re still favorites on the college football odds.
NCAA Football Free Pick: Washington Huskies +6.5