Once again this week, Washington will be facing a spread offense. However, that name is about all the Oregon offense of last week and the Arizona offense of this week have in common.
Which is good news for UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer.
"It's not the same at all," Baer said. "Oregon, that's maybe the most explosive offense I've ever seen."
The difference isn't only personnel. The Arizona spread is the Texas Tech variety ... meaning it's a pretty pure passing offense... they throw two-thirds of the time. And when the Wildcats plan to run, you'll know it because they line up in what actually looks like a running formation. When they're spread out with three and four receivers, that means pass.
They've got a pretty good passer in three-year starting junior Willie Tuitama. And while he's good, he doesn't put up Dennis Dixon's running numbers and he isn't as efficient passing. Similarly, TB Nick Grigsby is a nice freshman back in the Brandon Johnson mode, but he's not Jonathan Stewart.
We'll look at the Arizona offense and the Washington defensive plan in more detail in the Thursday paper.