With each passing game, the next one becomes that much more important for Hundley, who could be playing his last season at UCLA. Hundley will be tested against a Huskies defense that has scored a school-record seven defensive TDs (four INT, three fumbles) this season, most in the nation. Taking the ball away starts with pressuring the QB, and there's only one team in the nation that has more sacks than the Huskies (37). That team is Utah, who sacked Hundley 10 times earlier this season. If Hundley plays with pocket awareness and finds ways to allude the Huskies pass rush, Hundley shouldn’t have any trouble finding coverage gaps and running lanes. Hundley gained 320 total yards (131 rushing on 24 carries) vs. Arizona. Expect a similar game plan this week against the fifth-ranked Huskies defense, who have allowed 150.8 yards per game.
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Intangible: UCLA RB Paul Perkins
If the Bruins don't establish Perkins early and often, the turnover-hungry Washington defense will be able to take shots at Hundley all game long. As previously mentioned, the Huskies rank second in the nation in sacks. Getting Perkins going will force Washington to stay home at the line of scrimmage, with one or two fewer defenders dropping back into coverage. Despite reaching the 1,000-yard mark in last week's win over Arizona, Perkins had a pretty quiet game, rushing for just 87 yards on 21 carries. The performance was a season low for Perkins, who had gained 453 yards in the three games leading up to facing the Wildcats. UCLA sure could use a big outing this week from Perkins.
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Across the Field: Washington RB Shaq Thompson
This kid is awesome. He's Washington's version of Myles Jack, and you can argue that he's better than the Bruins two-way star. Thompson was a beast last week in Washington's road win over Colorado, rushing for 174 yards on 15 carries along with 41 receiving yards. Thompson also has recorded 54 tackles this season, but Huskies head coach Chris Peterson played Thompson exclusively at running back last week. The Huskies feed off Thompson’s play on both sides of the ball. He's the type of player who you're going to love to watch play on Sundays in the near future.
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Prediction: UCLA 34, Washington 17
Washington doesn't have enough offensive firepower to hang with a team like UCLA, who have scored 93 points over the last three games, all wins. Even if the rising near the top of the College Football Playoff seems impossible at this stage, UCLA must still play like getting there is on the table, because the Pac-12 title is still up for grabs. The Jim Mora-led Bruins cannot afford another let down this season.