Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-0) vs. Arizona Wildcats (0-2)
September 18, 2021 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -23.5 / Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +23.5; Over/Under: 53
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The Arizona Wildcats meet the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in week 3 college football action from Arizona Stadium on Saturday night.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will be out to bounce back from their 0-2 start to the year after a 34-7 loss at the hands of South Dakota last time out. Jeff Widener has thrown for 477 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 62.7% passing while Kevin Daniels leads the Jax with 90 rushing yards and Widener isn’t far behind, calling his own number to rack up 87 rushing yards this season. Stacy Chukwumezie leads the NAU receivers with 15 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown while Hendrix Johnson has 93 receiving yards and a score as well.
The Arizona Wildcats will be out to rebound from a 38-14 thumping at the hands of San Diego State in their last game. Gunner Cruz has thrown for 406 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 picks on 68.8% passing while Will Plummer’s thrown for 118 yards and a score in relief. Michael Wiley leads Arizona’s ground attack with 70 rushing yards while Stanley Berryhill III has a team-high 17 receptions for 169 yards and a score. Tayvian Cunningham has 9 grabs for 140 yards and a score and RJ Casteel’s also got 10 catches for the Wildcats this season. On defense, Anthony Pandy leads Arizona with 19 total tackles including 7 solo tachkles while Kyon Barrs has 1.5 sacks this season.
Northern Arizona is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against the Pac-12 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 September games. Arizona is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 week 3 matchups.
I wasn’t overly impressed with what I saw from Arizona last time out against San Diego State, but realistically, the Wildcats are the better team here and have a bit of a point to prove after being dismantled in somewhat convincing fashion in that game against the Aztecs. Northern Arizona just doesn’t have the horses to hang in these in-state rival matchups, especially against Power 5 opponents, so I’ll lay it and play it with Arizona here.