#15 Washington looks like it’s hosting Colorado | Sports

#15 Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12, #17 CFP) vs. Colorado (1-9, 1-6), Saturday, 9 p.m. EST (Pac-12 Network)


Series record: Washington leads 11-7-1.

WHAT’S AT Stake?

Washington can take their shot at a Pac-12 championship game berth into the final week of the regular season by beating hapless Colorado. The breathtaking excitement of the Huskies in Oregon threw the race for the Pac-12 title game into chaos, leaving open the possibility that five teams would all be tied 7-2 in conference play. The Buffaloes could have their own chaotic moment by knocking off the Huskies. Colorado has lost four straight games, giving up at least 40 points on each of those losses.


Washington against complacency. A massive victory over a rival and another rival sitting on the horizon with a lot at stake in a week. That’s the situation the Huskies find themselves in after beating Oregon and the Apple Cup in Washington State a week from now. The Huskies are clearly a more talented team and even a poor performance could be enough to put them past the Buffaloes.


Colorado: RB Alex Fontenot. The senior rushed for a season-high 108 yards and a touchdown against USC last week, a brief bright spot in an otherwise miserable season for the Buffaloes. It was the fourth 100-yard game of Fontenot’s career, but his first since November 23, 2019, when he rushed for 105 yards in a win against Washington.

Washington: RB’s Wayne Taulapapa and Cam Davis. The Huskies’ running game has been hit and miss this season, but Colorado is second to bottom to give up 227.8 yards per game statewide. Seems like a big chance for Washington’s running game to get going.


Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. leads the country in passing yards per game (364.0) and is second in total tackles (368.6) and completions per game (28.6). … Colorado has won the last two in the series, both played in Boulder. The Buffaloes defeated the Huskies 20-17 last season, a week after Washington fired former coach Jimmy Lake. … Colorado ranks 129th out of 131 teams in yards allowed per game at 488. The buffs are last in the country when it comes to goal defense (41.7) and conversion defense (54.4%).

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