No. 25 Washington State hosting No. 12 Oregon has more significance than many may have expected early in the season.
The game will be key in determining which program stays alive in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title, which appeared to be a race between Washington and Stanford when the season began. All four programs now seem to be very much in it at the halfway mark.
As if the intrigue wasn't enough to make Saturday's game one of the top contests in the Pac-12 this week, fans can also expect to see plenty of offensive fireworks in Pullman, which is also hosting ESPN's "College GameDay" for the first time.