The Huskies are favored by 10.5 points over Stanford going into Saturday's pivotal Pac-12 North game at Husky Stadium.
UW GAME DAY
Huskies (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12) vs. Stanford (5-3, 3-2)
6 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: KOMO-AM 1000/FM-97.7
LATEST LINE: Huskies are favored by 10.5 points.
UW KEY PLAYERS
QB Jake Browning: 15 total TD, 8 INT, 146.7 rating
RB Salvon Ahmed: 68 carries, 390 yards, 5 TD
DT Greg Gaines: 42 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks
LB Ben Burr-Kirven: 122 tackles, 1 INT, 3 FF, 2 FR
STANFORD KEY PLAYERS
QB K.J. Costello: 2,165 yards, 17 TD, 6 INT, 155.9 rating
RB Bryce Love: 93 carries, 419 yards, 3 TD
LB Bobby Okereke: 57 tackles, 5.5 TFL
CB Alijah Holder: 40 tackles, 5 PBU
FEELING IT? (THE LOVE, THAT IS)
Stanford’s Bryce Love was the runner-up in the Heisman voting in 2017. Limited by an ankle injury, he has not been the same this season, averaging 4.5 yards per carry in six games played. Still, he looked better in Stanford’s 41-38 loss to Washington State last week, finishing with 71 yards on his six carries. Against the Huskies last year, Love had 166 yards and three TDs on 30 carries. “He’s been one of the backs in the country the last two years, and when he’s healthy and he can go he might be the best there is,” UW senior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven said. “He’s real fast and he runs a lot bigger than his size, which is something you don’t expect. You see guys trying to arm tackle him and he just bounces off. So when he’s healthy, he really makes their offense a dynamic force.”
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With Love limited, Stanford has relied more this season on its passing attack. And why not? Junior QB K.J. Costello leads the Pac-12 with an efficiency rating of 155.9, and he throws to a receiving corps featuring the 6-foot-3 JJ Arcega-Whiteside (47 catches, 743 yards, 11 TDs); the 6-2 Trenton Irwin; the 6-5 tight end Kaden Smith; and the 6-7 tight end Colby Parkinson. Arcega-Whiteside’s 11 TD receptions are second-most nationally, and much like a power forward in basketball, he’s especially effective at posting up smaller defensive backs for jump balls in the end zone. Stanford notes that Arcega-Whiteside has drawn 13 penalties this year—11 pass interference and two holding calls for 175 penalty yards (nearly two penalties and 22 yards per game). “His size is definitely an issue,” UW co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake said. “He catches everything. He does a really good job of using his body to shield defensive backs, and he’s going to be playing on Sundays for sure. I know the Seattle Seahawks like big wideouts — maybe he’ll be right in our hometown here.”
UW INJURY NOTES
Chris Petersen said Thursday that senior RB Myles Gaskin (shoulder) and sophomore TE Hunter Bryant (knee) are “closer-er-er” to returning from their injuries. Senior CB Jordan Miller and junior left tackle Jared Hilbers, both against Cal with undisclosed injuries, are expected to return vs. Stanford. Left tackle Trey Adams, out all season with a back injury, is a long shot to play Saturday, a team source said.
Huskies 23, Stanford 20.
Washington’s three losses this season, by a combined 10 points, have all been on the road. At home, the Huskies are averaging 29.7 points per game vs. FBS opponents, compared to 21.0 on the road. At home, Jake Browning has a QB rating of 167.1 vs. the FBS this season (5 TD, 1 INT) compared to a 137.1 rating on the road.
— Stanford has won 10 of the last 13 meetings against UW, but the Huskies have won two of the last three meetings in Seattle.
— UW has outscored opponents 239-137 this year and, in quarters two and three (combined), UW is outscoring its opponents 120-51 this season.
— Stanford’s three losses this season have come against the AP’s No. 3, No. 10 and No. 16-ranked teams in the nation (Notre Dame, Utah and Washington State). Those three teams have a combined record of 21-3 this season — and one of those losses was head-to-head (Washington State over Utah).
— Stanford is 5-0 this season when forcing at least one turnover, and 0-3 when not forcing a turnover.