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First look at Washington State’s next opponent: Arizona

By the numbers


In yardage allowed per game, Arizona is the third-most improved defense in the nation in 2013, allowing 384.3 yards.


Number of consecutive Arizona victories in the series.


Tackles for loss by the Wildcats in the past two games.

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Game time: 11 a.m., Pacific, Saturday, Arizona Stadium.

TV: Pac-12 Networks.

Coach: Rich Rodriguez (14-8, second year at UA; 89-56 in 12 seasons at three FBS schools).

Record: 6-3, 3-3 Pac-12.

Last game: Wildcats fell to UCLA 31-26.

The series: Arizona leads 25-13.

The early line: UA by 13.

Key players: RB Ka’Deem Carey rushes for 152.6 yards a game, No. 2 in the nation, and has 12 consecutive games of 100-plus yards. B.J. Denker has set a modern-day record for quarterbacks at the school with 645 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Freshman LB Scooby Wright leads in tackles with 68 and tackles for loss with 7.5. S Tra’Mayne Bondurant is an all-around defensive contributor, with 5.5 TFL that includes two sacks.

Arizona’s key to success: The Wildcats try to pound with Carey, while Denker is fast and elusive when he gets to the perimeter. Defensively, ’Cats have improved markedly under Jeff Casteel’s 3-3-5 scheme.

Bud Withers

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