Oregon State (5-5) at Washington (6-5) (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Husky Stadium (72,500) -- Seattle, Washington. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: OSU 3-3, UW 3-3. Away Record: OSU 2-2, UW 3-2. Neutral Record: OSU 0-0, UW 0-0. Conference Record: OSU 2-5, UW 2-5. Series Record: Washington leads, 60-34-4.
GAME NOTES: The Oregon State Beavers have a chance to become bowl eligible this weekend when they visit the Washington Huskies for a Pac-12 Conference clash.
Home field advantage is a powerful tool. Oregon State found that out last Saturday as it knocked off then No. 7 Arizona State, 35-27, at Reser Stadium. Perhaps it was the emotions of playing such a highly-ranked team that pushed the Beavers, who had lost four straight prior to the big win, including three chances at home. They are 5-5 overall with this contest and the annual Civil War against Oregon left on the schedule.
It has not mattered whether Washington has played at home or on the road recently. The Huskies nearly pulled off an upset of Arizona last weekend, but a last-second field goal doomed them to a 27-26 loss, their fourth in the last five games. At 6-5, Washington has already secured bowl eligibility, with this game and the Apple Cup showdown against Washington State the only tests that remain.
Bishop Sankey rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns to power the Huskies, who finished with 530 yards and seven scores on the ground as a team, in a 69-27 rout of Oregon State last season. Washington leads the all-time series, 60-34-4.
Oregon State put forth one of its best offensive efforts of the season against Arizona State, piling up 498 total yards on 70 plays. The Beavers did an excellent job of maintaining balance, with 247 yards rushing and 351 through the air. Normally, they are less potent, ranking ninth in the Pac-12 in total offense (399.9 ypg).
Having both Terron Ward and Storm Woods at 100 percent really helped against the Sun Devils. Ward erupted for 148 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Woods picked up 125 yards and a score on 11 attempts. The duo has been extremely productive for the Beavers this season, with Ward amassing 696 yards and 10 scores, and Woods racking up 591 yards and four touchdowns, despite missing two games. Unfortunately, the duo will not be whole this weekend as Ward is listed as doubtful with a knee injury.
The passing game has not been as dynamic for Oregon State. Sean Mannion has not been bad, but he has not been the incredibly productive passer he was last season. In all, he has thrown for 2,688 yards and 12 touchdowns on 63.3 percent passing, while being picked off seven times. He is averaging 268.8 yards per game and finished with 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 19-of-33 passing against Arizona State.
Mannion at least has formed a solid connection with Victor Bolden, who leads the Beavers in receptions (58) and receiving yards (640). Connor Hamlett (30 receptions, 330 yards, two TDs) has been reliable as well, while Jordan Villamin (29 receptions, 511 yards, four TDs) has developed into quite the deep threat.
Oregon State's defense had a lot to do with the win over Arizona State. Specifically, linebacker Michael Doctor's 35-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter turned out to be the winning score. The Beavers also held the normally-potent Sun Devils to 367 yards, which is not that surprising considering the Beavers rank second in the Pac-12 in total defense (382.9 ypg).
Arizona's Casey Skowron booted a 47-yard field goal as time expired to send Washington to the loss column for the fifth time this season. Those last three points wasted a strong showing from the UW offense, which racked up 504 total yards, but turned the ball over three times. The offensive eruption was a positive sign considering the Huskies are next-to-last in the Pac-12 in total yards (377.6 ypg).
Cyler Miles was an efficient 20-of-29 passing for Washington, tallying 223 yards on that success rate, but he lost a pair of fumbles. Miles' inability to be a consistent threat through the air has held Washington back. He has completed 65.9 percent of his pass attempts and has only two interceptions, but he has matched those numbers with just 1,627 yards and 12 scores.
Jaydon Mickens (43 receptions, 400 yards, two TDs) is the only player on the roster with more than 25 receptions. He produced a team-high 69 yards on four catches against Arizona. Joshua Perkins made an impact in the contest as well, finishing with 55 yards and a score on four receptions.
Shaq Washington (469 yards, TD) was not called on to carry the rushing load last weekend. Instead, Dwayne Washington (420 yards, six TDs) went to work, racking up 148 yards and two scores on 19 carries. Lavon Coleman (469 yards, TD) is the third member of the team with at least 400 yards rushing.
Washington is a bit better defensively than offensively, but it is still not an elite group in the Pac-12, ranking seventh in yards allowed (412.6 ypg) and ninth in scoring (30.3 ppg).
Both of these teams has been uneven this season, with some solid wins and crippling losses littering the road behind them. Without a home crowd or a ranked opponent motivating them, the Beavers should fall back down this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 27, Oregon State 23Game Date and Time
Saturday, November 22, 10:30 p.m. (ET)