Game time: 7:30 p.m., Stanford Stadium.
TV: ESPN. Coach: David Shaw (27-4 in third season).
Record: 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Pac-12.
Last game: Beat Washington State 55-17 Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
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The series: Washington leads 41-38-4.
The early line: Stanford by 6½ points.
Key players: Kevin Hogan, the Cardinal’s 6-foot-4, 228-pound sophomore quarterback, leads the Pac-12 with a passer rating of 174.6. He has 10 touchdowns against three interceptions, and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Tyler Gaffney is a 226-pound senior running back who is averaging 94.2 yards a game after missing all of 2012 while playing Class A minor-league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Shayne Skov, a fifth-year senior linebacker and preseason All-American, has a team-high 28 tackles. Trent Murphy, the top-rated defensive end in the country according to one scouting service, returned an interception for a touchdown against Washington last year at CenturyLink Field, and did it against Washington State on Saturday.
Stanford’s key to success: About a half-dozen NFL teams sent representatives to Stanford in the offseason to pick the brain of Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. Last season, Stanford became the first Pac-12 defense in four seasons to hold Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense to 14 points or less (with Stanford pulling off the 17-14 upset in overtime in Eugene). The secret, Mason has said, is to be a “physical, nasty come-at-you” defense that doesn’t sit in “soft” coverage. The Huskies now run a similar offensive tempo to Oregon’s, and controlling that pace could dictate who wins Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.