Both OSU, UW seek win to become bowl eligible

DEFENSIVE TACKLE Jalen Grimble, injured since Week Four, practiced all last week but did not play in the win over Arizona State. Mike Riley said CB Steven Nelson, who was hurt as he made a crucial pass break up towards the end of the game on Saturday night, will be limited to start the practice week.

The Beavs are 6 1/2 point underdogs at Washington according to the early Las Vegas lines.

Mike Riley sounded optimistic he would have both Jalen Grimble (knee) and Steven Nelson (undisclosed) available at Washington this Saturday (Pac-12 Networks, 7:30 p.m.)

He didn’t think there would be a letdown after a huge emotion win over No. ASU, not with Oregon State 5-5 and hunting for bowl eligibility.

"I think they'll be excited to play again,” said Riley. “I think Washington is a very gifted football team athletically. They've got some players on defense that are as good as we've played against all year.”

Riley noted DT Danny Shelton, LB/RB Shaq Thompson and DE Hau'oli Kikaha as examples.

“I would hope our guys are just hungrier than heck. I hope just a little bit of that taste of success makes them hungry. Our goal should be to immediately start talking about Washington and heading into playing our best game, because we'll need it,” said Riley.

Riley said UW won the game against Arizona in every way except for on the scoreboard.

“They should have, every way, beaten Arizona (Saturday). They outplayed Arizona in all areas... I think this is a gifted team that played a really good game against a top-ranked team yesterday and shoulda, coulda, woulda, won that game,” said Riley.

The Huskies also need one more win in their last two regular season games to reach bowl eligibility.

"The bowl game is a residual reward for winning the next game, so the focus will be on winning the next game,” said Riley. “There's no need to talk about a bowl game. But I did tell them that, 'You're one win away from going to a bowl. Let's get it as fast as we can, which is Saturday.'"

Riley said the focus, as always, needs to be on the coming week and not looking ahead – even when that’s the Civil War.

"There's so many thoughts about the upcoming week and it's really only fun to focus on the game at hand. You've got enough stuff going on, if you burden yourself with too many thoughts about down the road, it just gets in the way. So the Ducks will come soon enough. I'm really excited for our team to get to play again and see if we can beat the Huskies and then we'll go from there,” said Riley.


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