Friday's battle of unbeatens may last implications on who wins the North Division, the Pac-12 and College Football Playoff ramifications.
When/where: 6 p.m. Friday at Husky Stadium (ESPN, 1000 AM, 97.7 FM).
Coach: David Shaw (57-14 (.802) at Stanford – sixth season). He was Stanford’s offensive coordinator for four years (2007-10) before replacing Jim Harbaugh who left for the NFL.
Early line: UW by 3.5.
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Last season: Then No.10-ranked Stanford crushed Washington 31-14 on Oct. 24, 2015 at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal finished first in the North Division and beat USC 41-22 in the Pac-12 title game. Stanford rolled over Iowa 45-16 in the Rose Bowl.
Last week: No. 7 Stanford needed to score in the final minute to rally beat UCLA 22-13 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. It was the ninth straight win for the Cardinal over the Bruins.
RB Christian McCaffrey gained 300 all-purpose yards and scored twice last year against Washington. He ran 23 times for 109 yards, caught five passes for a career-high 112 yards and added 79 yards on kick returns. It was one of many spectacular performances for the 6-fooot, 200-pound junior who was a Heisman Trophy runner up in 2015. This season, McCaffrey leads the Pac-12 with 436 rushing yards despite playing just three games. He averages 211.7 all-purpose yards per game (145.3 rushing yards, 39.7 receiving and 26.7 returns).
QB Ryan Burns won the starting job in the offseason and has been solid since taking over for Kevin Hogan, a four-year starter. The 6-5, 232-pound senior is completing 61.4 percent of his throws and averages just 131.7 passing yards per game – the fewest for a Pac-12 starting quarterback. He has three touchdown passes, two interceptions and has been sacked four times. Burns had arguably his best performance in the final minutes in last week’s win when he engineered a game-winning drive. He had 66 of his 137 passing yards on the drive. Burns threw an 8-yard TD pass with 24 seconds left.
LB Peter Kalambayi leads Stanford with 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss. The 6-3, 236-pound senior had a team-high 4.5 last season.
By the numbers:
4 –— Friday’s game marks the fourth ever meeting of top-10 ranked teams at Husky Stadium.
12 — Average points allowed by Stanford, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks eighth nationally among Division I FBS teams.
32 – Average penalty yards for Stanford, which is the fewest in the Pac-12.
2012 — Last time Washington beat Stanford, a 17-13 victory at CenturyLink Field. The Huskies have lost three straight games to the Cardinal.