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November 1, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Game day: Huskies at Colorado

Shaq Thompson celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 57-yard touchdown run against Eastern Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Shaq Thompson celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 57-yard touchdown run against Eastern Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

UW GAME DAY

Huskies (5-3, 1-3) at Colorado (2-6, 0-5)
10 a.m. PT today at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: KOMO AM-1000, FM-97.7.

LATEST LINE: UW is favored by 4 points.

GAME PREVIEW: Huskies need a win, and some answers on offense.

BACK(S) IN ACTION? After sitting out last week’s loss to Arizona State, running backs Lavon Coleman and Dwayne Washington could give the UW running game a boost. UW coach Chris Petersen said both would be available to play against Colorado, though he was noncommittal on how much they would contribute. Shaq Thompson and Deontae Cooper are expected to get the bulk of the carries for UW today.

SECONDARY CONCERNS: Last week, UW cornerback Marcus Peters shadowed Arizona State’s star receiver, Jaelen Strong, all game. Strong finished with three catches, including a touchdown. Colorado also features one of Pac-12’s best receivers, Nelson Spruce, who leads the conference in receptions (77) and touchdown catches (11). UW’s already thin secondary lost a key player when Petersen revealed this week that safety Trevor Walker, UW’s primary nickel back, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

HOPEFUL HISTORY: The Huskies have won five in a row in the series over Colorado, dating back to 1999. UW defeated the Buffaloes 59-7 at Husky Stadium last season, with Colorado’s then-freshman QB, Sefo Liufau, held to 12 of 22 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.

UW PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Cyler Miles: 10 TD/1 INT
RB Shaq Thompson: 6.1 yards per carry
WR John Ross III: 5 TD
LB: John Timu: 61 tackles

CU PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Sefo Liufau: 6 TD/0 INT
RB Tony Jones: 4.9 yards per carry
WR Nelson Spruce: 11 TD
DB Chidobe Awuzie: 57 tackles

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