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Huskies vs. UCLA gameday box, players to watch

HUSKIES GAMEDAY

No. 18 UCLA (7-2, 4-2 in Pac-12) at WASHINGTON (6-3, 2-3 in Pac-12)

4 p.m.. PT, Husky Stadium

TV: FOX Sports 1. Radio: 1000-AM, 97.7 FM.

The series: UCLA leads the series 39-30-2.

What to watch: Stopping the Bruins’ offense might be as difficult as any task the Huskies’ defense has faced this season – especially if Brett Hundley gets loose on designed pass plays that break down. But before that can happen, UW’s young secondary has to cover players like UCLA receiver Jordan Payton, who has caught 53 passes for 783 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Without Marcus Peters at one cornerback spot to help lock him up, Payton could have a big day. The Bruins’ rushing attack is just as potent. Paul Perkins has rushed for 1,074 yards and 6.3 yards per carry. … Shaq Thompson, UW’s two-way marvel, is likely to receive the bulk of the carries for Washington again at tailback. He totaled 215 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches last week against Colorado.

The pick: UCLA, 28-21.

Prime numbers

WASHINGTON

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

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

Needs to build off 13-for-19 performance last week at Colorado.

31 Naijiel Hale CB 5-10 171 Fr.

Making second career start in place of Peters

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

Who else? Thompson should play on both sides of the ball.

8 Hau’oli Kikaha OLB 6-2 246 R-Sr.

Nation’s top sack artist faces one of Pac-12’s most porous offensive lines.

UCLA

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year

17 Brett Hundley QB 6-3 226 R-Jr.

Doesn’t just throw and run well – he breaks tackles, too.

30 Myles Jack LB 6-1 232 So.

Second-leading tackler on team, and could play some RB, too.

6 Eric Kendricks LB 6-0 230 R-Sr.

101 tackles, including six for loss.

1 Ishmael Adams CB 5-8 190 R-So.

Two pick-6s this season.

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

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