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Huskies at California: Gameday box, players to watch

As always, here is our gameday box and list of players to watch on each team prior to Washington's 3 p.m. game at California.

HUSKIES GAMEDAY

WASHINGTON (4-1, 0-1 in Pac-12) at California (4-1, 2-1)

3 p.m. PT, California Memorial Stadium

TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 1000-AM, 97.7 FM.

The series: Washington leads the series 52-38-4

What to watch: The Huskies’ young secondary is progressing, but faces maybe its most difficult test of the season on Saturday against California’s offense. Washington’s defensive backfield – which features two freshmen starters, a sophomore and fourth-year junior Marcus Peters – must play far better against Cal than it did on Sept. 6 against Eastern Washington, which scored 52 points behind quarterback Vernon Adams’ 475 passing yards and seven touchdowns. The challenging part, though, is that UW must also prepare for what has so far been a pretty formidable Cal rushing attack, led by running back Daniel Lasco, who has rushed for 408 yards on 66 carries through Cal’s first five games. … Then there’s Washington’s offense. Can the Huskies feast on Cal’s porous defense the same way Arizona, Colorado and Washington State were able to? UW ranks last in the Pac-12 in total offense at 370.2 yards per game, and only 162.6 of those yards come through the air. Cal’s pass defense is the worst in the conference and one of the worst in the country.

The pick: Washington, 34-31.

Prime numbers

WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

10 Cyler Miles QB 6-4 225 R-So.

Could use a bounce-back game after rough outing against Stanford

2 Kasen Williams WR 6-3 217 Sr.

Will he finally be a bigger part of UW’s offensive gameplan this week?

20 Kevin King S 6-3 183 So.

Expected to return from illness and play

8 Hau’oli Kikaha OLB 6-3 246 R-Sr.

7 sacks already this season, and should lead effort to pressure Goff

CALIFORNIA

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

1 Bryce Treggs WR 5-11 185 Jr.

Team’s leading receiver with 22 catches, 312 yards, 5 TDs

9 Trevor Davis WR 6-2 190 R-Jr.

Returned two kickoffs for TDs last week at WSU

8 Michael Barton LB 6-0 225 So.

Team-high 35 tackles, plus three for loss

26 Griffin Piatt S 6-3 200 So.

33 tackles, and 3 INTs leads team

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