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Saturday’s regional college football

Huskies at Bears Records: Washington (4-1, 0-1 Pac-12), California (4-1, 2-1) Kickoff: 3 p.m., California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, California TV/Radio: Pac-12 Washington and 590-AM Overview: The Huskies’ young secondary is progressing, but faces maybe its most difficult test of the season today 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, which ranks last in the Pac-12 in total yards at 370.2 per game. From Tacoma News Tribune Vandals at Eagles Kickoff: 3 p.m. PDT, Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, Georgia. Records: Idaho (0-5, 0-3 Sun Belt), Georgia Southern (4-2, 3-0) Online/Radio: ESPN3/1080 and 1280-AM Overview: In their first season in the Sun Belt Conference, the Eagles are already a major player – after a 3-0 start, they have a real chance to run the table without league favorites Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State on the schedule. Kevin Ellison, the top rushing quarterback in the nation, leads the spread option attack that also features Matt Breida – both of them having topped 600 yards already. They’re bad news for an Idaho defense prone to giving up the big play – 11 TDs of 30 yards or more. Idaho revived a run game behind Kris Olugbode to go with Matt Linehan’s passing last week, and the Vandals are desperate to finish off a win and end a 12-game losing streak. By John Blanchette Bearcats at Pirates Kickoff: 1 p.m., Pine Bowl, Whitworth Records: Whitworth (3-2, 1-1 Northwest Conference), Willamette (3-1, 1-0) TV/Radio: SWX/1230-AM Overview: Whitworth has been hit by several injuries to key players. Quarterback Ian Kolste remains out with an injured shoulder. Senior quarterback Bryan Peterson reinjured his hip in last week’s 29-15 loss to Pacific (Oregon), but coach Rod Sandberg said Peterson should be able to play. Receiver Anthony Fullman remains out but senior Connor Williams should be able to play. At one point last week, three of four defensive backs and all four receivers on the field were freshmen. “We are young and growing and learning,” Sandberg said. The game is Whitworth’s homecoming and celebrates the school’s 125 years. At halftime, Samantha Kephart (2008, swimming), Jock McLaughlin (1966, football and track), Haley Nichols (1997, women’s soccer), and Scott McQuilkin (1984, athletic director and baseball coach) will be introduced as the newest members of the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame. By Thomas Clouse
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