A sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy day has dawned in Tucson.
Here is my preview story from the morning paper.
Among the Tucson papers, here's the prevew from the Arizona Daily Star, including a bit of a shot at Ty Willingham from columist Greg Hansen. And here's a look from the Tucson Citizen, including a story pointing out that it's been a decade since the Wildcats have been such big favorites over another Pac-10 team.
Here's my skimmer's guide to the game:
WASHINGTON (0-4 OVERALL, 0-2 PAC-10)
AT ARIZONA (3-1, 1-0)
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m., Arizona Stadium.
Television: Versus. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: Washington leads 16-7-1. The visiting team has won four straight. Last season, Arizona came from 15 points behind in the fourth quarter for a 48-41 victory in Husky Stadium. The last meeting at Arizona came in 2006, when UW won 21-3.
What to watch: UW freshman quarterback Ronnie Fouch makes his first start. His path could be more difficult with the Huskies' leading receiver (D'Andre Goodwin) and tailback (David Freeman) doubtful due to injury. They'll try to keep up with an Arizona offense is averaging 42.5 points and 423 yards per game, while going against a defense that allows an average of 222 yards (best in the Pac-10 and second nationally) and 15.5 points. The UW defense must contain a quick-strike Arizona offense that has 11 touchdown drives of two minutes of less (tied for fifth nationally). The Huskies also will have to adjust to temperatures expected to remain in the upper 80s at kickoff. There also is a chance of rain.
What's at stake: The Huskies will put three zeros on the line: no interceptions thrown, no sacks recorded and -- most of all -- no victories. They's also apprecaite some good news heading into a bye week. Meanwhile, the Wildcats can move two-thirds of the way to bowl eligibility. However, Arizona fans are thinking even bigger, hoping to move among the top tier of teams in this season's wide-open conference race.
I plan to arrive at the stadium around 2 and will begin the usual gameday blogging then.
The game is on the Versus cable network.