Arizona hosts UCLA in an important Pac-12 South battle on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Arizona (3-2, 1-1) and UCLA (3-2, 1-1) meet with identical records (trailing USC in conference wins by 2), but much different points in their trajectories. The Bruins are battling to stay on the edge of relevance in what is likely quarterback Josh Rosen’s last season, while the Wildcats are enjoying an improvement upon a 3-9 (1-8) campaign in 2016. Fresh off a surprise win over Colorado, Arizona returns home to host UCLA, which is coming off a bye week. Both teams’ most recent contests were wins over the Buffaloes, with the Bruins winning by one more point (27-23) than the Wildcats (45-42).
In the all-time series, UCLA holds a 24-15-2 advantage and has won the last five meetings, including its last two trips to Tuscon. Arizona still holds a slight edge in games at Arizona Stadium, going 11-10 in meetings between the two there. The two schools have faced off every season since 1978, save for 1984 and 2001.
Arizona-UCLA game time, details
Arizona-UCLA is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. MT.
Which TV channel is Arizona-UCLA on?
Arizona-UCLA will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
How can I watch Arizona-UCLA online?
How can I listen to Arizona-UCLA on the radio?
Arizona-UCLA will be broadcast on the Arizona IMG Sports Network, which can be heard in the Tuscon area on 1290 KCUB-AM or 107.5 KHYT-FM, or on SiriusXM Satellite Radio on channel 83.
Arizona-UCLA keys to the game
UCLA ranks 126th out of 130 teams in total yards allowed per game. The Bruins are giving up 284.2 yards per game on the ground (129th out of 130), but are much better against the pass — likely because teams don’t need to throw much against them — allowing 222.4 passing yards per game (65th in the nation). Conversely, Arizona is 89th in the nation in total yards allowed per game (411 per game), while the Wildcats are 70th in the nation against the run (154.4 yards allowed per game) and 106th against the pass (256.6 passing yards per game allowed). Simply put, just some defense from either side will go a long way toward determining the outcome. Oddly enough, both of these defenses’ weaknesses play into the opposition’s strength, meaning we’re ready for some fireworks on Saturday evening.
Khalil Tate, the X-Factor
Tate, who began last week as the backup quarterback, spent last weekend ripping up as much Folsom Field turf as possible with his cleats, setting an FBS record for rushing yards gained by a quarterback in a single game with 327 yards and 4 touchdowns in a win over Colorado. Tate made his collegiate debut against UCLA last October, and has made just one start in his career, against USC. The reigning national top player of the week will surely attract plenty of attention from the Bruins, but will Arizona be able to look outside of its quarterback’s running talents for offense? Or will this be another game that depends on the performance of Tate, who had an incredible outing last week?
UCLA is a pass-dependent team, as evidenced by their 435.8 passing yards per game. That begins and ends with quarterback Josh Rosen, who will likely have to throw the Bruins to a win in this contest. Rosen has a 17-5 TD-to-INT ratio this season, but threw interceptions in losses to Memphis and Stanford that crushed UCLA’s hopes. In what promises to be a shootout, Rosen must limit the risks while also finding a way to frequently find the end zone.
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