The Wildcats must answer questions at quarterback - either incumbent Anu Solomon or second-half spark plug Jerrard Randall - before their Halloween night game at Husky Stadium.
First glance: Arizona.
When/Where: 8 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium (ESPN, 1000-AM, 97.7-FM).
Coach: Rich Rodriguez is 31-17 (.646) in his fourth season with the Wildcats. He is 151-101-2 (.588) in 22 years as a head coach including a 15-22 record at Michigan (2008-10), 60-26 at West Virginia (2001-07), 43-28-2 at Glenville State in West Virgina (1990-96) and 2-8 at Salem in West Virgina (1988).
Record/Last week: Arizona (5-3, 2-3) lost 45-42 at home last Saturday to Washington State. The Wildcats are fifth in the Pac-12 South division.
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Early line: No line.
Scouting report: Arizona started 3-0, but feasted on a weak non-conference schedule while outscoring opponents 163-65. Once conference play started, the Wildcats wilted. They were pummeled by then-No. 9 UCLA (56-30) and then-No. 18 Stanford (55-17). Arizona rebounded for two wins against Pac-12 cellar-dwellers Oregon State (44-7) and Colorado (38-31) before losing last week. … The Wildcats need one win to become bowl eligible, but they have a difficult finish. Three of their final four games are on the road including games at USC and cross-state rival Arizona State in the regular-season finale. Their final home game is against No. 13 Utah. … Arizona is the top scoring offense in the Pac-12 averaging 41.8 points per game. The Wildcats also average a conference-best 535 yards per game, including 282.3 yards rushing. … In a preseason media poll, Arizona was picked fourth in the Pac-12 South division. … The Wildcats return 14 starters (six offense, six defense, two special teams) from an 10-4 team that was first in the Pac-12 South division at 7-2. … Injuries has ravaged a defense that ranks 10th in the Pac-12 in points allowed (30.6) and average yards yielded (426.1). Junior MLB Scooby Wright (sprained foot), the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the year, has played in just two games. … Last year, Arizona beat Washington on a 47-yard field goal as time expired. In the infamous “Chart” game, the Huskies tried to run out the clock in the final minutes and lost a fumble with 1:23 remaining.
Players to watch: Fifth-year senior QB Jerrard Randall (6-1, 185 pounds) has come off the bench in the third quarter the past two weeks to finish games for the Wildcats. He could start this week against Washington. Last Saturday, Randall entered after the first series in the second half and completed 11 of 16 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns while carrying 10 times for 105 yards. He ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 639 rushing yards and first in the conference while averaging 11.0 yards per carry. However, he’s an inaccurate passer who has completed 53.0 percent of his attempts. … Sophomore QB Anu Solomon (6-2, 205), who threw for an FBS single-season freshman record 3,793 yards and a school-record tying 28 TDs last season, became the fastest player in school history to reach 5,000 passing yards – he needed 20 games. However, he’s been been benched in back-to-back games and it remains to be seen if he’ll start again this season. This season, Solomon ranks eighth in the Pac-12 with 1,549 passing yards. He has 13 touchdown passes while completing 62.4 percent of his throws. Last year, Solomon had 242 yards, two INTs and zero TDs on 17-of-39 passing against Washington. … Sophomore RB Nick Wilson (5-10, 199) ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 691 rushing yards. He averages 5.7 yards per carry and has eight TDs. Last Saturday Wilson had just eight yards on six carries. Last year against Washington, he carried 30 times for 104 yards and two TDs. … Junior WR Cayleb Jones (6-3, 215) leads Arizona in receptions (35) and receiving yards (495).
By the numbers:
0 – Interceptions thrown by Solomon, who is the only Pac-12 quarterback – with at least 10 attempts – without a pick.
5 – Number of Wildcats who have started at middle linebacker and cornerback.
8 – Consecutive Arizona wins against unranked teams before last Saturday’s loss to Washington State.