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October 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Morning links: UW defense faces another ‘explosive’ offense in Arizona State

Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall, left, slips by the Washington defenders Shaq Thompson, center, and Sean Parker for a 23-yard rush in the second half at Husky Stadium on Saturday. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Oregon Ducks running back Byron Marshall, left, slips by the Washington defenders Shaq Thompson, center, and Sean Parker for a 23-yard rush in the second half at Husky Stadium on Saturday. (John Lok/The Seattle Times)

Washington came into the Oregon game having allowed the fewest “explosion” plays in college football, giving up just 10 such plays of 20 yards or more in its first five games.

Oregon piled up 631 yards of offense, with UW giving up 24 plays of 10 yards or more and eight plays of 20 yards or more. That’s what the Ducks do. UW has now allowed 61 plays of 10 yards or more and 18 of 20 or more.

Now … Arizona State.

And the Sun Devils do much of the same. ASU ranks fifth in the nation with 46 “explosion” plays of 20 yards or more, and the Huskies’ ability to limit those — while creating a few more of their own on offense — will go a long way on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. PT for a Pac-12 Networks broadcast.

Links:

—¬†The Sun Devils have opened as an early three-point¬†favorite.

Bud Withers with his weekend roundup of the Pac-12.

— For ASU, the goal is to finish strong.

— After their victory over Colorado, ASU immediately turned its attention to UW.

— The Huskies are No. 4 in these Pac-12 power rankings. ASU is seventh.

— Two Huskies make this list of the top-10 Pac-12 players.

— For UCLA, “now it gets fun” against Stanford.

Arkansas AD Jeff Long will chair the College Football Playoff selection committee.

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