I made it up to the Bay Area from hoops media day in LA, while the Huskies are heading down from SeaTac.
Good luck to us all, because there was a 5.6 earchquake in the San Jose area -- not that many miles from Stanford -- a couple of days ago.
In any case, no players or coaches are available on Fridays, so we'll just skip ahead to the game:
WASHINGTON (2-6 OVERALL, 0-5 PAC-10)
AT STANFORD (3-5, 2-4)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., Stanford Stadium; Stanford, Calif.
Television: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: UW leads, 39-34-4. However, the Cardinal has won two straight, including 27-13 in 2004, the Huskies' last visit to Stanford; and 20-3 last season at Husky Stadium, the Cardinal's only win of the year. Stanford hasn't won three straight in the series since the mid-1970s.
What to watch: Stanford has the Pac-10's lowest-rated offense, while Washington is last in defense. The Huskies have gave up 103 points and more than 1,100 yards over the past two games, and defensive coordinator Kent Baer has come under heavy public criticism. Coach Tyrone Willingham implied that changes to the defensive philosophy are possible. This will be UW's first visit to Stanford's new stadium. Willingham is 3-1 against his former team, going 3-0 as coach of Notre Dame before losing last season. This will be his first return to Stanford as coach of the Huskies. Baer, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and running backs coach Trent Miles all coached at Stanford under Willingham.
What's at stake: Another loss by the Huskies eliminates them from bowl consideration and assures a fourth consecutive losing season. Win or lose, a better defense is necessary to ease the pressure on Baer. Stanford must win three out of four to become bowl eligible. The Cardinal hasn't had a winning season since 2001, when they went 9-3 under Willingham.
The pick: UW, 35-27.