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Saturday preview capsules: Huskies, Beavers set to clash

Washington v UCLA

Washington at Oregon State
When: 7:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium, Corvallis, Ore.
TV/radio: ESPN2; UW radio AM1550, OSU radio AM 620.
Records: Washington 6-4, 3-4; OSU 6-4, 4-3.
Plot: This Northwest clash will probably see the winner in a mid-tier bowl and the loser in a low-end bowl. OSU has lost three in a row after winning six straight. UW 7-20 on the road under Steve Sarkisian.
Washington player to watch: Keith Price is likely out with a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s loss to UCLA. Freshman Cyler Miles (pictured above) was 15 for 22 for 149 yards and two touchdowns, but also two interceptions.
OSU player to watch: Tight end Connor Hamlett had nine catches for 119 yards last week against ASU. His emergence could help a struggling Sean Mannion, who threw four interceptions in last week’s loss.
Line: OSU by 7.

Utah at Washington State
When: 12:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium, Pullman.
TV/radio: Pac-12 Network, cable Channel 420; AM 1360.
Records: WSU 5-5, 3-4; Utah 4-6, 1-6.
Plot: A win would make Washington State bowl eligible for the first time since 2003. The Cougs face a Utes team that is tougher than its record lets on. Their one Pac-12 win came over Stanford and they hung with Oregon for a half.
WSU player to watch: Quarterback Connor Halliday is coming off his most accurate Pac-12 game this year, completing 73.6 percent of his passes in a win over Arizona.
Utah player to watch: Adam Schulz was thrust into the starting role last week after a medical condition likely brought Travis Wilson’s career to an end. He was 13 of 30 for 181 yards in a loss to Oregon.
Line: WSU by 1.5.

Oregon at Arizona
When: 12:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
TV/radio: ABC; AM 750.
Records: Oregon 9-1, 6-1; Arizona 6-4, 3-4.
Plot: Oregon, looking likely for another runner-up finish in the Pac-12 North, now controls its destiny for a conference title after Stanford’s loss last week. Arizona has lost two in a row after winning three straight.
Oregon player to watch: De’Anthony Thomas displayed his return to full health with an 86-yard kickoff return last week against Utah. Marcus Mariota’s injured knee has limited his mobility, so the Ducks offense needs Thomas’ explosive playmaking ability.
Arizona player to watch: Ka’Deem Carey had his 13th consecutive 100-yard rushing game, last week gaining 132 yards in 26 attempts. Carey is the nation’s second-leading rusher at 150.3 yards per game.
Line: Oregon by 20.5.

Portland State at Eastern Washington
When: 2:45 p.m. at Roos Field, Cheney.
TV/radio: ROOT Sports, cable Channel 34; AM 970.
Records: Portland State 6-5, 3-4; Eastern Washington 9-2, 7-0.
Plot: No. 3-ranked Eastern Washington is looking for the first perfect Big Sky season since Montana in 2009. Portland State hopes to finish with a winning record for the second time since 2007.
PSU player to watch: Senior running back DJ Adams finishes a stellar career. He leads the Big Sky in rushing yards 1,456 and touchdowns 18.
Eastern Washington player to watch: Sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams is one of the best in FCS football, averaging 327 passing yards per game and throwing 41 touchdowns this season.

Micah Rice

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

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