WSU vs Arizona Wildcats: 5 Keys To A Win

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Sep 28, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Bobby Ratliff (82) drops the pass during the 1st half against the Stanford Cardinal at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like it has been forever since the Cougars last took the field. With just their second game since October 19th the Cougars will head down to Tuscon, Arizona to take on the Arizona Wildcats. With just one game in nearly a month the Cougars should have gotten the little mistakes that have happened recently under wraps, or so we can hope.

The Wildcats (6-3, 3-3) are coming off an impressive showing in a 31-26 loss to UCLA last week. If the Cougars (4-5, 2-4) want to win this game and become .500 and one game away from being bowl eligible there are a few things the Cougars must do.

Avoid Dropped Passes

This one is obviously a big one, and for apparent reasons. The Cougars have been dropping the ball (literally and figuratively) when they are wide open way too much. Connor Halliday, or Austin Apodaca, have been doing all they can to get the ball down the field to the receiver. It is just up the the receiver to come down with the ball.

It seems that in this second half of the season the Cougars have developed a case of butterfingers and haven’t been able to make the catches that everyone expects them to come down with. This ultimately is what is killing a lot of the Cougar drives and could be what is costing the team these games that should have been closer or won.

If the Cougars want to keep up with the Wildcats then they have to be able to make the big plays. Changing the momentum with a big catch could be what wins this game for the Cougars.