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Quick hits: Washington vs. Cal



TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 950-AM, 850-AM, 102.9-FM.

THE SERIES: Washington and California are the only teams that have played in what is now the Pacific-12 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. The Huskies hold a 50-38-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Last year in Seattle, the Huskies used a late goal-line stand to preserve a 31-23 victory in which Keith Price threw for three TDs in the Pac-12 opener. In 2010 in Berkeley, the Huskies beat the Bears, 16-13, on the final play of the game – a 1-yard run from Chris Polk – in the next-to-last week of the season. In 2009, the Huskies closed out their season with a 42-10 win over the Bears in Seattle.

WHAT TO WATCH: How Cal tries to compensate for the loss of Keenan Allen. Cal was seventh in the conference with its top receiver. Without him, the Bears’ offense will have to find someone to step up and at least make the passing game some form of threat.

WHAT’S AT STAKE: A clear chance for Washington to start a successful end-of-season run. The Huskies’ next four opponents are 4-17 in conference play.

THE PICK: Washington, 31-14.

PRIME NUMBERSCaliforniaNo.  Name  Pos.  Ht.  Wt.  Year15  Zach Maynard  QB  6-2  185  Sr.Maynard has thrown 12 TDs and nine interceptions this season.

6  Chris Harper  WR  6-0  170 Fr.Harper is Cal’s second-leading receiver and will become its top guy with Allen out.

9  C.J. Anderson  RB  5-11  210  Sr.Anderson is Cal’s leading rusher and averages 6.3 yards per carry.

20  Isi Sofele  RB  5-8  200  Sr.Last year’s porous Washington defense held him to fewer than 100 yards. They’ll need to do it again.

5  Michael Lowe  DB  5-11  210  So.Lowe has three interceptions, a sack and is fifth on the team in tackles.

WASHINGTONNo.  Name   Pos.  Ht.  Wt.  Year71  Danny Shelton  DT  6-1  317  So.Shelton’s illegal block last week against Oregon State could have cost Washington the game. He’ll need to rebound smartly.

1  Sean Parker  S  5-10  190  Jr.Coaches and Parker said he played the best game of his career last week.

88 Austin Seferian-Jenkins  TE  6-6  266  So.As more and more teams target him, he’ll need to find new ways to get open.

59  Ben Riva OL 6-6  302  So.Riva’s return from a fractured forearm has helped stabilize the right side of the offensive line.

16  Marvin Hall  KR  5-10  181 Fr.Hall has been on the cusp of breaking a couple of returns for a touchdown. This could be his day.