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Huskies at Colorado gameday box, players to watch

[caption id="attachment_32660" align="aligncenter" width="312"] Washington's Deontae Cooper carries against Arizona State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Seattle. Arizona State won 24-10. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Washington's Deontae Cooper carries against Arizona State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Seattle. Arizona State won 24-10. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)[/caption]

HUSKIES GAMEDAY

WASHINGTON (5-3, 1-3 in Pac-12) at Colorado (2-6, 0-5 in Pac-12)

10 a.m. PT, Folsom Field

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

The series: Washington leads the series 8-5-1.

What to watch: Last year, the Huskies beat the Buffaloes 59-7 at Husky Stadium and didn’t attempt a pass in the second half. Don’t expect Saturday’s game to go that way, though it would still be considered a pretty major failure if the Huskies don’t win. Colorado’s passing game is a concern for UW’s defense, as Buffs QB Sefo Liufau has thrown for 2,276 yards (17th in the country, though he only throws for 6.2 yards per attempt) with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. That interception total has probably been highlighted in UW’s defensive backs meetings this week. The Huskies have six interceptions this season as a team. They’ll have their hands full with wideout Nelson Spruce, who leads the Pac-12 in receptions with 77. … This should be a game in which the Huskies can run the ball, based on Colorado’s weak run defense (they allow 192.5 yards rushing per game, and 5.6 yards per carry). If UW is a little healthier at the tailback position with Dwayne Washington and Lavon Coleman, it should be able to make some headway on the ground and keep its defense off the field. Look for Shaq Thompson to play running back again, too. Not sure Colorado can handle him if he gets 20-plus carries. … Colorado could be without two of its best defensive players due to injury: defensive back Tedric Thompson (concussion) and linebacker Adison Gillam.

The pick: Washington, 37-24.

Prime numbers

WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

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

Grew up in Centennial, Colo., hour south of Boulder.

7 Shaq Thompson LB/RB 6-1 228 Jr.

Will be play running back? Linebacker? Both?

8 Hau’oli Kikaha OLB 6-3 246 R-Sr.

Nation-leading 14.5 sacks, and will set UW single-season record with next one.

65 Siosifa Tufunga OL 6-3 321 R-Jr.

Started in place of injured Dexter Charles last week, and could again.

COLORADO

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

13 Sefo Liufau QB 6-4 230 So.

Productive passer whose size makes him difficult to sack.

22 Nelson Spruce 6-1 195 R-Jr.

One of nation’s most productive receivers with 77 catches for 864 yards, 11 TDs.

26 Tony Jones RB 5-7 185 R-Sr.

CU’s leading rusher (323 yards, 4.9 ypc, 3 TDs)

4 Chidobie Awuzie CB 6-0 190 So.

58 tackles is second-best on team.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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