Still yet to win a game on the road, and riding a three-game losing streak, the Washington Huskies will head in to Corvallis in an absolute must-win situation.
Let's face it—for the majority of the season, the Huskies haven't played like a team that should be going to a bowl game. However, they've played like a team that's close to crossing the threshold.
A handful of close losses have put a damper on the season that early on seemed like a Cinderella story.
Oregon State is no slouch. This team is talented, especially when it comes to offense. OSU is No. 23 in the country, and is fresh off a 20-point win over a good Cal team.
Looking at the numbers, Jake Locker and OSU quarterback Sean Canfield actually have pretty similar stats this year. It should make for an interesting game at that position.
What it will likely come down to for Washington is their ability to stop OSU running back Jaquizz Rodgers who is one of the best backs the Pac-10 has to offer. He's scored at least one rushing touchdown in all but one game this year, and let's not forget about his brother, James, who is also a running back.
Last year at Husky Stadium the Rodgers brothers lit up the Dawgs D for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Needless to say, look out for these guys.
In response to the Rodgers', Washington will need a big effort from Chris Polk. Polk has been somewhat consistent through the season when it comes to racking up yards, but he's only found the end-zone three times all year.
Locker will need to shine as well, that's a given. But the interception to end the UCLA game needs to be thrown out, along with the 3-6 record and everything that's happened prior to this game.
I think if the Huskies can just focus on the task at hand, forget about the fact that they're 13-point underdogs, and know that the season is on the line, they might be able to give OSU a run.