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Friday/Saturday preview capsules

Friday night bonus football to go with a full slate of Saturday games. Each game now has huge postseason implications for all four Northwest Pac-12 teams.

 

Washington at UCLA
When: 6 p.m. Friday at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
TV/radio: ESPN2; AM 1550.
Records: Washington 6-3, 3-3; UCLA 7-2, 4-2.
Plot: Postseason implications abound in this nationally televised game. A win could propel Washington to the Alamo or Holiday Bowl, while UCLA is looking to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title.
UW player to watch: Bishop Sankey is closing in on the UW single-season rushing record. He needs 390 yards to match Corey Dillon’s 1,695 yards in 1996.
UCLA player to watch: Quarterback Brett Hundley has thrown for 2,225 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is also the Bruins leading rusher with 487 yards this season.
Line: UCLA by 2½.

Washington State at Arizona
When: 11 a.m. at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
TV/radio: Pac-12 Network,
cable Channel 420, AM 1360.
Records: WSU 4-5, 2-4; Arizona 6-3, 3-3.
Plot: A promising season has gone south for WSU, losers of three straight. The Cougars must win two of the last three games to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2003.
WSU player to watch: Gabe Marks’ 63 receptions are more than double the second-leading Cougars receiver.
Arizona player to watch: Kadeem Carey leads the Pac-12 with 152.6 yards rushing per game.
Line: Arizona by 13.

 

Utah at Oregon
When: 1 p.m. at Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1, cable Channel 408; AM 750.
Records: Utah 4-5, 1-5; Oregon 8-1, 5-1.
Plot: Oregon looks to bounce back from a loss to Stanford that likely ended the Ducks’ BCS title hopes. Ironically, in Utah they face the only team to beat the Cardinal this year.
Oregon player to watch: Marcus Mariota was bothered by a gimpy knee last week, though Stanford’s defense was more responsible for taking away the mobile quarterback’s running game. Will he show mobility after being held to minus-16 yards?
Utah player to watch: After throwing for at least 230 yards in Utah’s first six games, Travis Wilson hasn’t cracked 130 yards in the past three.
Line: Oregon by 26.
Oregon State at Arizona State
When: 6:30 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
TV/radio: Pac-12 Network; AM 620.
Records: Oregon State 6-3, 4-2; Arizona State 7-2, 5-1.
Plot: After starting 6-1, Oregon State looks to avoid its third straight loss, one that would likely knock the Beavers into a lower-tier bowl. Arizona State is the favorite in the Pac-12 South.
OSU player to watch: Once the nation’s leading passer, Sean Mannion has been held under 280 yards the past two games. As he goes, so do the Beavers.
Arizona State player to watch: Taylor Kelley’s 24 passing touchdowns is second in the Pac-12, behind only Mannion’s 31.
Line: Arizona State by 13½.
Sacramento State at Portland State
When: 1 p.m. at Jeld-Wen Field, Portland.
TV/radio: www.watchbigsky.com; AM 970.
Records: Portland State 6-4, 3-3; Sacramento St. 4-6, 3-3.
Plot: In its home finale, Portland State looks for its fourth straight win. The Vikings are looking for their seventh win for the second time in the past seven years.
PSU player to watch: DJ Adams led a rushing attack that amassed 395 yards last week against Idaho State. The Vikings have 2,755 rushing yards this season, most in school history.
Sacramento State player to watch: Quarterback Garret Safron has completed 238-337 passes for 2,514 yards, 23 TDs and 11 interceptions. Safron also leads the team in rushing with 416 yards and five touchdowns.

Micah Rice

Columbian Sports Editor Micah Rice is the author of Tailgate Talk: College football from a Clark County perspective.

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