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Oregon State and Washington meet Saturday with each hoping to finish strong

  • Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian walks on the sidelines playing against UCLA in the fourth quarter of their NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won the game 41-31. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian walks on the sidelines playing against UCLA in the fourth quarter of their NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won the game 41-31. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington offensive linesman Mike Criste (78) and  running back Bishop Sankey (25) celebrate a touchdown by wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, center, against UCLA in the fourth quarter of their NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif.  UCLA won the game 41-31. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Washington offensive linesman Mike Criste (78) and running back Bishop Sankey (25) celebrate a touchdown by wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, center, against UCLA in the fourth quarter of their NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won the game 41-31. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)  (The Associated Press)

Oregon State and Washington are a lot alike: Both hit a stride earlier this season but then ran into misfortune.

The two 6-4 teams meet on Saturday night, with both jockeying for position behind Oregon and Stanford in the tough Pac-12 North.

The Beavers got off to a disastrous start, losing at home to Eastern Washington in the season opener. Then they reeled off six straight wins, before falling back with losses to Stanford, USC and Arizona State.

Washington won its first four games and popped up to No. 15 in the AP Top 25. But then they slumped with losses to Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State. The Huskies have won two out of their last three.