Washington is 5-0 at home. Oregon State is ranked for the first time in nearly a decade. Both teams are 3-2 in conference play and looking to keep hope alive that they might remain in the Pac-12’s championship picture.

Friday night’s winner in Seattle will likely get claim to a spot at the tail end of the AP Top 25 and possibly the College Football Playoff rankings — Oregon State is No. 24 and No. 23 in both sets of rankings, respectively; Washington is receiving votes in the AP poll, right on the edge of being ranked — but beyond that, it’ll keep momentum rolling into the closing stretch. Washington has won back-to-back games after two straight losses. Oregon State has won three in a row after back-to-back losses.

It should be an entertaining game.

Bill Connelly’s SP+ sees Washington emerging victorious.

The predictive model is calling for a 31-27 Washington win.

Points have been at a premium in this series of late. No one has scored more than 27 in each of the previous three meetings. Oregon State won last year’s game in Corvallis, 27-24, but UW took the previous nine meetings.

During that stretch, there were three different games in which Washington won by more than 35 points. When the Huskies had things rolling, they were lighting up the scoreboard against the Beavers. This series serves as a pretty decent sign of the work Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith has done to rebuild the Beaver program, though. They’ve been far apart in the past, but have slowly bridged the gap.

Kickoff on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.