Washington can keep alive its hopes of winning the Pac-12 North and potentially a spot in the Rose Bowl by knocking off the Beavers. A win by the Huskies will make the Apple Cup on Nov. 23 a winner-take-all matchup for the Pac-12 North title and a spot in the conference title game. Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith would love to spoil Washington’s plans and knock off the school he worked at as offensive coordinator last year.
Washington vs. Looking past Oregon State. The Huskies had a week off to get healthy and know the important game comes next week in Pullman against Washington State. But as Colorado showed, it’s important not to look past the Beavers. Oregon State’s running offense is legitimate and Smith knows the Huskies.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oregon State: RB Jemar Jefferson needs just 53 yards rushing to topple Jacquizz Rodgers’ freshman record at Oregon State. Rodgers rushed for 1,253 yards in 2008; Jefferson has 1,201. Jefferson is the eighth player in school history to top 1,000 yards, but just freshman.
Washington: RB Myles Gaskin is looking for his fourth 1,000-yard rushing season. Gaskin is 229 yards shy with three games left, at least. The Beavers seem a likely candidate to help Gaskin get a big chunk of those yards. Oregon State is last in the Pac-12, giving up 271 yards per game on the ground.
Washington’s 13-game home win streak is tied for second longest in the country. … Oregon State has had 100-yard receivers in three straight games. Longest streak since having four straight in 2014 season. … Washington is 10th in the country in scoring defense (16.0 ppg) and 15th in total defense (313.5 yards per game). Huskies have allowed just one play of 40 or more yards, fewest in the country. … Oregon State ranks 128th in the country in total defense (542.8 yards per game) out of 129 teams.
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