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No. 5 Stanford, No. 15 Washington meet in Pac-12 North tilt between undefeated teams

  • Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan drops back to pass against Washington State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Stanford won 55-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan drops back to pass against Washington State in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Stanford won 55-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanford's Devon Cajuste carries the ball on a 57-yard touchdown reception against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Stanford's Devon Cajuste carries the ball on a 57-yard touchdown reception against Washington State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian looks to the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Washington won 31-13.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian looks to the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Washington won 31-13.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

Almost every time a Pac-12 challenger has emerged recently to contend with Stanford and Oregon — the winners of the last four conference championships — the Cardinal and Ducks show just how much of a gap there is between them and everybody else.

The latest contender: Washington.

The Huskies have another opportunity to unseat both the next two weeks and vault themselves into the national championship picture for the first time in at least a decade. No. 15 Washington (4-0, 1-0) plays at fifth-ranked Stanford (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday night before hosting No. 2 Oregon next week.

The outcomes might not only determine which way Washington's season goes, they also could decide whether there will be any shuffling in the Pac-12's North Division before the Cardinal and Ducks meet at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 7.