8:30 p.m. at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
TV: ESPN2 Radio: KJR (950 AM) The line: Hawaii by 14
At stake: With a win, Hawaii will complete a 12-0 regular season and likely clinch a BCS bowl. Washington is looking to play spoiler, send its seniors out right, enter the offseason with momentum and take some heat off the coaches.
What to expect: Lots of passing from Hawaii, lots of running from Washington. The Warriors operate the run-and-shoot and throw it roughly 50 times a game. Typically, there are a lot of short passes, getting the ball to the receivers and letting them run. The Huskies want to control the ball with their rushing attack to keep Hawaii’s offense off the field. Hawaii tends to blitz about 35 percent on defense, while UW will likely stick to being cautious, trying to prevent the big play.
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Notes: This is just the third meeting between the teams — in 1938, Washington won in Hawaii 53-13 in the Pineapple (Poi) Bowl, while Hawaii won 10-7 in Seattle in 1973. … Huskies QB Jake Locker needs 90 rushing yards to reach 1,000 and become the first Pac-10 quarterback to reach that mark. He would also give UW two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time (RB Louis Rankin has 1,149). … This is UW’s 13th regular-season game, the most in school history. All 13 have been televised, also a first.
Injuries: Washington — FS Jason Wells (knee) and LB Donald Butler (knee) out.
Hawaii — DE Francis Maka (leg) questionable; S Jacob Patek (ankle) and PK Dan Kelly (ankle) probable.
Prediction: Washington should be able to move the ball on Hawaii; the question is whether it can keep up with the Warriors, who should have no trouble throwing on UW. The great unknown is whether Hawaii’s record is really a function of its schedule, or if the Warriors are really that good. Guess here is a little of both, meaning a close game that the home team wins late. Hawaii 48, Washington 38.
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