No. 24 Beavers, Huskies each look to keep Pac-12 hopes alive

No. 24 Oregon State visits Washington Friday night for an eliminator in the race for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.

No. 24 Oregon State (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12, No. 23 CFP) in Washington (6-2, 3-2), 7:30 p.m., Friday (ESPN2)

Line: Washington at 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Washington leads 67-35-4.

WHAT’S AT Stake?

It’s an eliminator for the two Pacific Northwest enemies. The winner still has a path to the Pac-12 championship game. The loser is all but eliminated and destined for a mediocre bowl game. Both teams had the week off. Ben Gulbranson will make his third straight starting quarterback for Oregon State even as Chance Nolan gets closer to his health. Washington have won back-to-back with more big numbers from QB Michael Penix Jr., but rain and wind are expected for Friday night’s rare game in Seattle.

KEY COMPARISON

Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. vs. Oregon State Secondary. No one could slow down Penix, who has eight straight games with at least 300 yards in passing. He leads the nation in yards passing and yards passing per game and is fifth in passing TDs. Oregon State’s defense was pretty stingy against the pass, finishing third in Pac-12 overall and first in yards per completion allowed. They are one of two teams in the Pac-12 who have more interceptions (10) than TDs are allowed to pass (8).

PLAYER TO SEE

Oregon State: RB Damien Martinez. The freshman burst onto the scene in the last two games with 111 rushing yards against Washington State and 178 and three rushing TDs against Colorado. Oregon State has rushed for 200 yards in consecutive games, including a season-high 270 last time out against Colorado. Considering the expected weather, a big game of beavers on the ground could be significant.

Washington: EDGE Bralen Trice. The last time Trice played against California was two weeks ago, he was named Pac-12 Defenseman of the Week with five tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for loss and two sacks. Washington’s defense has to do its part in this game and that requires a great effort from Trice, who leads the team with 6 ½ sacks.

FACTS

Oregon State is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2013. The Beavers were ranked 25th in the preseason poll that year before losing to Eastern Washington in the opener. Oregon State has not been ranked for several weeks since 2012, when it went 6-0 and peaked at No. 7 before losing in Washington. … Washington has won the last six games against the Beavers in Seattle. Oregon State’s most recent road win in the series was in 2008. … Washington WR Rome Odunze has at least six catches in five straight games.

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Emma Bowman

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