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No. 25 Washington State hosts No. 12 Oregon in Pac-12 game

October 18, 2018

No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 25 Washington State (5-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox)

Line: Washington State by 3.

Series record: Oregon leads 47-41-7.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Washington State and Oregon both seek to become bowl eligible and to keep pace with No. 15 Washington in the race for the Pac-12 North title. Washington State has a 10-game home winning streak, and is making its first appearance as host of ESPN’s “College GameDay.”

KEY MATCHUP

Two of the nation’s top offenses square off as Oregon averages 43 points per game and Washington State averages 41.8 points per game. The defense that bends the least may be the winner.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: QB Justin Herbert is one of the best in the Pac-12. He has thrown 161 consecutive passes without an interception in Pac-12 road games. Freshman RB CJ Verdell has rushed for 100 yards in four of his six career games, and scored the winning touchdown in overtime against Washington last weekend.

Washington State: Graduate transfer QB Gardner Minshew has quickly gained mastery of the Air Raid offense and leads the nation with 2,422 passing yards and an average of 403 passing yards per game.

FACTS & FIGURES

Washington State has won three straight against the Ducks, including last year’s 33-10 win in Eugene when an injured Herbert did not play ... Washington State has not lost at home since 2016, the longest streak since the team won 19 straight home games from 1928-33 ... WSU coach Mike Leach has 43 wins at the school, and a victory Saturday would tie him with Jim Walden for third most in program history ... Washington State is just 1-5 coming out of an open date under Leach ... Longtime WSU broadcaster Bob Robertson will not be in the press box Saturday, after retiring immediately earlier this week. He worked 589 WSU football games in 52 years ... Oregon has been the visiting team seven times at a “GameDay” site, and has won five of the games ... Oregon assistant coaches Joe Salave’a and Jim Mastro are making their first trips to Pullman since leaving the Washington State staff ... Oregon is playing a fourth straight ranked opponent.

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