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Arizona Wildcats vs. Northern Arizona Preview & Promo Codes

It has been 714 days since the Arizona Wildcats last secured a college football victory, when they triumphed over the Colorado Buffaloes in the Rocky Mountains on a sunny October afternoon.

Since the Wildcats’ 35-30 victory in 2019, bettors, fans, and players have been enduring a painful aftermath with 14 straight losses, being outscored 543-254.

The long-lasting pain might find a brief respite when Northern Arizona from the Football Championship Subdivision comes to Tucson at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

This marks the second Wildcats game since sports betting was legalized in Arizona on September 9th. Fans can now place bets on their favorite college teams, including Arizona and Arizona State. The Sun Devils are set to face BYU in Provo, Utah, on Saturday evening.

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The upcoming Arizona-North Arizona game, which will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network, showcases two teams that have yet to secure their first victory of the season.

The Lumberjacks have kicked off the season with a disappointing 0-2 record, falling to Sam Houston State (42-16) and South Dakota (34-7).

As of Friday afternoon, DraftKings Arizona listed the Wildcats as a 23-point favorite with both teams having -110 odds on the spread. The over/under was set at 52 points.

At that time, neither BetMGM Arizona nor FanDuel Arizona had the game listed. The Wildcats are heavily favored to win the contest, with ESPN’s Football Power Index giving them a 94.2 percent chance of victory.


Who to Watch?

The Wildcats are dealing with a quarterback dilemma after former Washington State Cougar Gunner Cruz had a rough outing against San Diego State last Saturday.

Cruz finished the game with 70 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Wildcats’ 38-14 defeat. According to ESPN, his Quarterback Rating was 24.0.

Because of Cruz’s struggles, it has opened up a chance for backup Will Plummer to make his first start of the season on Saturday. Plummer demonstrated potential with 118 passing yards and a touchdown in his limited appearances against the Aztecs and BYU Cougars.

Plummer concluded his first season in Tucson with a total of 388 passing yards and three interceptions, as well as an extra 95 rushing yards.

The former Gilbert High School quarterback brings a dual-threat dynamic to Arizona’s offense, demonstrating his abilities in both running and passing out of shotgun formations.


Will the running game make an appearance?

This might open up opportunities for running back Michael Wiley to break away, as he has struggled to find running lanes in the last two games.

Wiley finished his inaugural season in Tucson with 222 rushing yards and three touchdowns. In the current season, he has gained 70 yards on 20 rushing attempts and caught eight passes for 64 receiving yards.

The sophomore is anticipated to play a crucial role on Saturday night against an NAU defense that has been giving up an average of 480 yards rushing per game this season.


Berryhill Shows Up

First-year head coach Jedd Fisch and his team have found a bright spot in the performance of junior wide receiver Stanley Berryhill III, who leads the team with 169 yards on 17 receptions and has scored a touchdown this season.

When the Lumberjacks arrive on Saturday night, the Tucson native will be responsible for making exciting plays in both passing and running situations.

The co-captain appears well-equipped to face the challenge, as they have accumulated 102 and 67 receiving yards in Arizona’s first two games of the season.

Berryhill and his teammates are committed to doing whatever is necessary to guide the Wildcats to victory, with their sights set on securing their first win since October 2019.

If successful, this will signify a moment that has been building for almost two years, beginning with the team’s triumph over a Colorado-based opponent and concluding with a victory over a team situated in the heart of the Colorado Plateau.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has accumulated over seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona. His previous work can be found at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. Currently, he holds the role of lead writer at yengols.com.

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