Back in the rankings, No. 18 Washington hosts Stanford

Washington rejoined the AP Top 25 after beating Michigan State 39-28 last week, a game not as close as the final score.

#18 Washington (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Stanford (1-1, 0-1), Saturday 7:30 p.m. (FS1)

Line: Washington at 2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Tie 44-44-4.

WHAT’S AT Stake?

Washington rejoined the AP Top 25 after beating Michigan State 39-28 last week, a game not as close as the final score. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for nearly 400 yards and his 10 touchdown passes in three games is second in the country. Stanford has the advantage of an extra week to prepare after his Week 2 home loss to Southern California and will face Washington for the second straight season following his bye.

KEY COMPARISON

Stanford’s running game against Washington’s defensive front. The Cardinal is without top running back EJ Smith due to an undisclosed injury. Running duties will fall to Casey Filkins and Caleb Robinson, but the task will not be easy. Washington’s run defense was outstanding against Michigan State last week, holding the Spartans’ running back duo of Jalen Burger and Jerek Broussard for a combined 30 yards and 17 carries.

PLAYER TO SEE

Stanford: QB Tanner McKee. Without Smith, the Cardinal needs a big play from McKee and a better performance than he did against Washington last time, when he threw two interceptions. McKee threw two picks and completed just 57% of his passes in the loss to USC.

Washington: WR Ja’Lynn Polk has been discussed as a possible breakout player for quite some time. It finally happened last week against the Spartans when he had six catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns. He’s part of a trio of standout wide receivers for the Huskies, including Jalen McMillan and Rome Odunze.

FACTS

Penix was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 397 yards and four TDs against Michigan State. Penix has thrown at least 330 yards in all three games this season. … Stanford has beaten a team from the top 20 on the road in eight of the 11 seasons David Shaw has been in charge. … Stanford had 33 first downs in the loss to USC, the most in a game since 1997. … Washington has won two of their last three encounters against Stanford in Seattle but lost the last matchup at Husky Stadium in 2020.

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Emma Bowman

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