UW's Jake Browning will try for the 36th victory of his career Saturday, which would tie a Pac-12 record.
UW GAME DAY
No. 15 Huskies (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) vs. California (4-3, 1-3)
3:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: FS1. Radio: KOMO-AM 1000/FM-97.7
LATEST LINE: Huskies are favored by 11.5 points.
UW KEY PLAYERS
QB Jake Browning: 14 total TD, 7 INT
RB Salvon Ahmed: 60 carries, 392 yards, 5 TD
LB Ben Burr-Kirven: 108 tackles, 1 INT, 3 FF, 2 FR
CB Byron Murphy: 37 tackles, 11 PBU
CALIFORNIA KEY PLAYERS
QB Chase Garbers: 15 total TD, 3 INT
RB Patrick Laird: 120 carries, 577 yards, 5 TD
LB Jordan Kunaszyk: 86 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks
S Ashtyn Davis: 29 tackles, 2 INT
FOR THE ‘W’
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Washington senior QB Jake Browning has been inching up the Pac-12’s all-time leaderboard in several notable categories this season, and on Saturday he will have a chance to tie a notable record. Browning has a 35-12 record as the Huskies’ starter, and a 36th victory would tie Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Stanford’s Kevin Hogan for the most in conference history. Last month, Browning became the Huskies’ all-time passing leader, and his 11,005 career yards rank No. 8 in Pac-12 history. His 89 career touchdown passes are No. 7 in Pac-12 history.
TWO FOR ONE
It was a rough homecoming at Husky Stadium last year for Bothell High School graduate Ross Bowers, the Cal QB who sacked seven times in the Huskies’ 38-7 thumping of the Bears. Bowers started Cal’s season opener this season against North Carolina, but has not played since. Instead, Cal has turned to two others — Chase Garbers and Brandon McIlwain — in a job share at QB. Garbers (9 TD, 4 INT) has made four starts, and McIlwain two (2 TD, 7 INT). Both can and will run, as they both rank in the top three on the team in rushing (McIlwain averages 56.9 yards per game rushing, and Garbers 34.0). “That’s unique. They really use those two guys, depending on the game,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “Whether one guy’s going to go or the other guy’s going to go in the game. They’re rotating those guys on different plays. Still, you’ve got to come down to do your job and you’re defending formations and then what you see post-snap. But it is a little bit unique.”
JUDE’S PREDICTION: Huskies 34, Cal 17