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Arizona vs. Washington: Wildcats' soft pass rush meets Huskies' weak O-line

The Arizona Wildcats have struggled to get to the quarterback all season, and the Washington Huskies have struggled to stop the pass rush, and it's anyone's guess who gets the advantage on Saturday.


The Arizona Wildcats take on the Washington Huskies in Week 8, and according to SB Nation's Arizona Blog AZ Desert Swarm, the Wildcats' pass rush might make the difference in this game, although not in the way Arizona fans might hope:

Six times this season have the Wildcats gotten to an opposing quarterback in the backfield, and that's just one more than the number of times the USC Trojans sacked [Washington quarterback Keith] Price last week in their 24-14 victory against the Huskies. UW gives up 3.2 sacks per game this year, 114th among FBS schools according to

Price has struggled in 2012, with his stats dropping down from his stellar 2011 season. He's gone from an average of 8.46 yards per pass attempt to 5.81, and his quarterback rating has dropped from 161.9 to 116. Washington's offensive line is a big part of that. Four first-team lineman have gone down to injury, and the line was already lacking Senio Kelemete. Kelemete, a second-team All-Pac-12 lineman, graduated in 2012 and was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Marquis Flowers is the only member of the team with more than one sack. The junior saftey has 2.5. If Arizona is going to get in a groove with their pass rush, they may not get a better opportunity this year than against the Huskies.