Pac-12 play continues as the Washington State Cougars visit Arizona this week. Pacific Northwest Sports has all you need to know.
PNWS presents what you need to know as the Washington State Cougars play their second-to-last Pac-12 game of 2022 when they visit Arizona on Saturday. PNWS has Washington State football fans covered.
Who: Washington State Cougars (6-4 Overall, 3-4 Pac-12) at Arizona Wildcats (4-6 overall, 2-5 Pac-12).
Where: Arizona Stadium – Tempe, Arizona.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2022 – 11:00 AM PST.
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Announcers: Jordan Kent and Max Browne. (506sports.com)
Weather: It will be a beautiful autumn day in Tempe, with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. Expect sunny skies and a light northeast wind around 10 mph. (weather.com)
Line: Washington State -4. Over/Under: 63 (Odds Shark).
The Washington State Cougars may be a good bet. Against the spread, Wazzu is 7-2 overall and 4-1 against Arizona. The total has gone under in 5 of Washington State’s last 6 games.
Arizona is 1-4 in their last 5 but 4-2 against the spread. The Wildcats have lost 9 straight in Week 12.
Washington State Cougars
Arizona State Sun Devils
Out – QB Will Plummer.
It’s the Jayden de Laura Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. The Cougs travel to Arizona and will face their former quarterback.
But there is more to it. Washington State has already sewn up a bowl bid. Their big game is next week’s Apple Cup against Washington.
On the other hand, the Wildcats breathed new life into their season by upsetting UCLA last week. They have four wins. To reach the postseason, the Cats must beat Wazzu on Saturday and Arizona State next week.
After de Laura left Pullman, Wazzu found a new gunslinger, Cameron Ward. He hasn’t lit up the stat sheet over the last two games. But what Ward has done is what it takes to win, manage the offense, and don’t turn the ball over.
In addition, Nakia Watson is back with a vengeance. He returned two games ago and has 353 yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns since. Speaking of returns, receiver Renard Bell should be good to go after missing the last several weeks with an arm injury.
No coach in this league knows de Laura better than Dickert. As the Cougs’ defensive coordinator for two seasons, his unit faced JdL in practice every day.
Speaking of defense, this isn’t the same team de Laura left less than a year ago. Wazzu allows the fewest points per game in the Pac-12 (19.8) and the third-fewest yards (358.5).
Arizona can score points, and it’s up to the Washington State Cougars to do what UCLA couldn’t last week, control the clock.
Catch up with PNWS on Sunday when we present our biggest takeaways from the game.