Washington-Stanford Preview Capsule

Washington-Stanford Preview Capsule

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Washington-Stanford Preview Capsule

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 1:30 PM

No. 15 Washington (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at No. 5 Stanford (4-0, 2-0), 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Stanford by 7 1/2.

Series Record: Washington leads 41-38-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The winner will gain the edge in the Pac-12 North standings, set up an even bigger matchup against No. 2 Oregon and keep its undefeated season alive.

KEY MATCHUP

Washington's defense vs. Stanford's offense. The Cardinal failed to score an offensive touchdown and often looked lost under quarterback Josh Nunes in a 17-13 loss at Washington last year. The Cardinal are counting on Kevin Hogan, who is 9-0 as a starter, to anchor a deep passing attack and make the Huskies pay for crowding the line of scrimmage the way Nunes never could.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Washington: RB Bishop Sankey. The junior leads the nation with 151.8 yards rushing per game. He's run for at least 100 yards in seven of his last nine games and will likely need another strong performance against Stanford's vaunted front seven.

Stanford: WR Ty Montgomery. The junior has looked every bit like the No. 1 target Stanford had hoped he would be after going without a touchdown last season, when he was slowed by a nagging knee injury. Montgomery leads the team with 20 receptions for 327 yards and four TDs, helping Hogan pump life into Stanford's deep passing game.

FACTS & FIGURES

Stanford has won 12 straight games and 11 in a row at home. ... The Huskies are looking to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1992. ... Washington was the only Pac-12 team to beat Stanford last season. ... The game is the first of two straight against top-five teams for the Huskies, who host No. 2 Oregon on Oct. 12. ... Stanford has scored at least 34 points in each of its first four games after not scoring 30 in consecutive games all of last season. ... Hogan (174.6) and Washington's Keith Price (173.6) have the Pac-12's highest passer ratings. ... Stanford has forced a turnover in 28 consecutive games, the second longest streak in the country.

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