First look at UW’s opponent: Arizona
By the numbers
Points allowed per game by the Arizona defense, best in the Pac-12 and No. 3 in the nation.
Total touchdowns by Ka’Deem Carey in 2012.
Rushing yards per game for Arizona, second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation.
Game time: 4 p.m., at Husky Stadium.
TV: Ch. 13.
Coach: Rich Rodriguez (11-5 in second season at Arizona; 86-53 in 12th season as FBS head coach).
Last game: Beat Texas-San Antonio, 38-13, on Sept. 14.
The series: Washington is 18-10-1 against Arizona. Arizona defeated the Huskies 52-17 last season in Tucson, the Wildcats’ largest margin of victory in the series.
The early line: Huskies by eight points.
Key players: Ka’Deem Carey led the nation with 1,929 yards rushing in 2012. He was suspended for the season opener this year, but has 299 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries (7.0 average) in two games. Backup RB Daniel Jenkins has 35 carries for 239 yards (6.8 average) and one touchdown. QB B.J. Denker, a left-hander, has completed 31 of 55 passes (56.4 percent) for 326 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Garic Wharton leads Arizona with seven catches for 109 yards. Tra’Mayne Bondurant has a team-high 19 tackles and three interceptions. He had two picks in the season-opening win over Northern Arizona, returning one for a score.
Arizona’s key to success: Run. Run. And run some more. The Wildcats are running the ball 73.2 percent of the time, by far the most in the Pac-12. And with Carey carrying the load, why not? Denker also is a capable runner, averaging 5.6 yards per rushing attempt. He has more rushing attempts this season (40 for 224 yards and five touchdowns) than passes completed (31).