#25 Washington (5-2, 2-2) vs. #12 Oregon (5-1, 3-0)
Saturday, October 19th @ 12:30 p.m. PT
Husky Stadium (Seattle, Washington)
Line: Oregon -3.0
Radio: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7
The Washington Huskies will face off against the Oregon Ducks at Husky Stadium, as they look to avenge last year’s heartbreaking loss.
During the game last week, the Huskies second half surge helped propel them to a 51-27 rout in the desert over the Arizona Wildcats.
This week, the Huskies are facing an opponent who is on a current five game winning streak, after destroying the Colorado Buffaloes 45-3 at home.
So far this season, Oregon is 3-0 in Pac-12 conference play, and is boasting the top record in the Pac-12 North Division.
“They are a rugged group,” Washington head coach Chris Petersen said about Oregon’s talented defense and overall roster.
Last season, the Huskies lost 30-27 in overtime at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon which has been on their minds for a year now.
Defensively, the Huskies will have to find a way to slow down Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and their “pistol” offense.
Offensively, the Ducks will have move the ball in a hostile environment like Husky Stadium and find a way to quiet the crowd.
Something has to give, in this contest between the fast and elite Ducks defense and the “ground and pound” Huskies attack.
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON
QB – Jacob Eason
The junior quarterback transferred from Georgia a couple years ago and possesses one of the strongest arms in the nation for any quarterback. His ability to fit balls into tight passing windows is what makes Eason a threat at all times when the Huskies have the ball.
DB – Myles Bryant
The senior defensive back was converted to safety during the offseason. He is the unquestioned heart and soul of the Husky defense. He was named to the preseason All-Pac-12 first team and was also named to the preseason watch lists for the Nagurski, Thorpe and Bednarik awards.
TE – Hunter Bryant
The junior tight end was named to the preseason All-Pac-12 second team. He was also named to the preseason watch list for Mackey Award. Bryant is a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses with his ability to catch the ball and his physical blocking ability.
KEY PLAYERS: OREGON
QB – Justin Herbert
Senior Justin Herbert has thrown a TD pass in 34 consecutive games played, which dates back to his first career start in 2016 vs. Washington. Herbert’s 34-game streak is the longest active streak by any FBS quarterback, and the second longest in program history, behind Marcus Mariota’s 41-game streak.
WR – Jayon Redd
Junior Jayon Redd is tied for the team lead with 26 receptions and is tied for fourth in the Pac-12, with five TDs through the air. Redd is one of four FBS players that currently has a streak of five consecutive games with a receiving TD.
ILB – Troy Dye
Senior Troy Dye leads all active Power 5 players with 346 career tackles and has 18 games with 10+ tackles. Following a 115-tackle junior season, Dye needs 88 more stops in 2019 to become Oregon’s all-time leader. He has led Oregon in tackles in 20 of 43 career games.
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
– Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 60 wins, 46 losses and five ties.
– Through seven games, UW has outscored opponents 90-6 in the first quarter.
– UW ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in red-zone offense (.906).
– Oregon is off to its first 3-0 start in Pac-12 play since 2013, and its first five-game win streak since the 2015 season.
– The Ducks own a streak of 34 consecutive games with a TD pass, good for the longest in the country.
– Oregon has the third-ranked scoring defense in the nation at 8.7 points per game.
Tysen Allumbaugh [“Dawg Thoughts” Show Host] (4-2)
BEAT THE DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Washington 24 – Oregon 23
Jeff Wright (5-2)
Here we are…officially one calendar year from that gut wrenching overtime loss at Autzen Stadium a season ago. The season hasn’t quite gone the way that many have expected, or even the Huskies themselves for that matter. Sitting at 2-2 in conference play, this showdown with the Ducks looms large if the Huskies want to have any chance at winning the Pac-12 North. On paper and statistics wise, everything points to the Ducks winning this game. Holding opponents to 8.7 points per game is no joke, and the Husky offense is going to have to play flawless football to have a chance to win. Points will come at a premium in this game, and every opportunity will count! What is encouraging though, is the Huskies are coming off one of their most aggressive and dominating performances of the season against Arizona. If they can get that type of consistent pressure on Justin Herbert, then all bets are off and the Huskies have a chance. The loss down in Eugene last season was a crushing one, and the Husky players that played in that game have not forgotten about it. While conventional wisdom as a qualified analyst says the Ducks will win, there are intangibles to the game that cannot be overlooked. The game is played between the lines and not on the stat sheet, as the Huskies found that out down on “The Farm” a couple weeks ago. With the chance to avenge last year’s defeat, the raucous Husky Stadium crowd and the Huskies new “super arm” powerup…the Huskies win! The Huskies march the ball down to the Oregon 17-yard line with three seconds left on the clock, and this year Peyton Henry converts! The Huskies break the tie game, with a game winning field goal! Fans rush the field as the “Quack Attack’ waddles out of Husky Stadium and back to Eugene! Go Dawgs!
Washington 24 – Oregon 21
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