Arizona Football: Wildcats Take on the Cougars on Homecoming Weekend


The Arizona football team is working on extending their two-game winning streak on Homecoming weekend which would give the Wildcats a 6-2 winning record.

Can the Arizona football team win three games in a row? Why not? It’s homecoming weekend, there should be a ton of alumni in town, and the team is getting healthier.

Coach Rich Rodriguez is keeping the starting quarterback for the Washington State game a secret, which is his prerogative and a seemingly smart move.

Anu Solomon still possesses his passing mojo, yet his rushing courage seems to have gone missing. Jerrard Randall continues to impress with his rushing game and is gaining confidence with his passing game, readily handling intermittent high snaps from his center.

Finally, Arizona will play against an offense that makes most of its progress in the air which is tailor-made for the Wildcats 3-3-5 defense. Rich Rod explained to Jason Scheer of Scout, “They just spread you out on every snap, and it’s not just in the passing game but in the screens, they throw out a whole bunch of screens. They’ll run the ball, they ran the ball a whole bunch of times against us a couple of years ago effectively.”

Rodriguez continued, “You gotta be able to get off blocks in the open field, and you gotta be able to tackle in the open field, and those are two hard things to do.”

Coach Rod updated reporters on his freshman cornerback

Sammy Morrison

, “He’s a freshman and about 160 pounds…he’s still going to play, he’s going to be a really great player, we get him in the weight room as he gets experience,” he said, “I really like Sammy Morrison and he’s going to probably play a bigger role this week as all the DB’s will.”

Anu performed very well against the Cougars defense last year, if that means anything, the Wildcats scored 59 points. If one were to predict which teams would be in the No. 2 spots in the Pac-12 North and South, chances are Arizona (tied with UCLA) and Washington State (one los less than Cal) were not two teams brought up in the conversation prior to the season.

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Series Total Wins: Arizona 26, Washington State 14

Last Matchup: 

10/25/2014 in Pullman, WA

Arizona 59 vs. Washington State 37


No. 2 Pac-12 – North – Cougars (4-2, 2-1)

No. 2 Pac-12 – South – Wildcats (5-2, 2-2)

Last game:

Washington State beat Oregon State 52-31

Arizona beat Colorado 38-31 last week.

Game Time: 1:00 pm, TV – Pac-12 Networks – TuneIn, Arizona IMG Sports Network

Line: Arizona -7

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24

Location: Tucson, Ariz

Hashtag: #WSUvsAZ

Pre-Game Notes Via the Daily Wildcat‘s Kyle Hansen:


Luke Falk has thrown for 2,371 yards on the season with a 72.3 completion percentage, 21 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. Falk threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns in the Cougars’ victory over Oregon. The Cougars have won four of their last five games, including a double-overtime victory over Oregon in Eugene.

Dec 31, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez against the Boise State Broncos in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl at Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Wildcats currently rank 108th out of 128 teams in total defense, allowing an average of 426 yards and 30.6 points per game. Arizona is ranked 93rd in terms of pass defense, allowing 248.6 yards per game.

Arizona Injury Report:

Cornerback Davonte’ Neall (hamstring), safety Tellas Jones (concussion) and defensive lineman Parker Zellers (knee) are all listed as questionable. Receiver Tyrell Johnson (hamstring) is doubtful and linebackers Derrick Turituri (hip) and Scooby Wright III (foot) are out.

Note: Wildcats running back Nick Wilson and LB Haden Gregory are not listed in the injury report, Yipee!

Oh, and if you haven’t heard, LB Anthony Fotu made a great interception against Oregon State, that’s the last we will see of him this season.

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