Washington (4-4, 3-2) vs. #4 Oregon (7-1, 4-1)
Saturday, November 6th @ 4:30 p.m. PT
Husky Stadium (Seattle, Washington)
Line: Oregon -7.0
Radio: Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR
During their last game, the Huskies were in a serious “Dawg Fight” down on “The Farm” for all four quarters. They came up with a huge touchdown strike late in the game, which resulted in a 20-13 comeback road victory against the Stanford Cardinal, evening their season record back to a .500 percentile.
This week, the Huskies are facing a rivalry opponent from Interstate-5 South, where there is no love lost between these two foes. So far this season, Oregon is 7-1, after a dominating 52-29 home victory against Colorado last weekend, and currently ranked #4 in the nation in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Offensively, the Ducks will have to impose their will, with their physical downhill running attack, and make explosive plays.
Defensively, the Huskies will have to sell out and stop the run and force Oregon to throw into their talented secondary.
Something has to give, in this contest between two teams sifting through gridiron, academics, and recruiting battle comments!
KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON
QB – Dylan Morris
DB – Brendan Radley-Hiles
TE – Cade Otton
KEY PLAYERS: OREGON
QB – Anthony Brown
WR – Devon Williams
DE – Kayvon Thibodeaux
ESPN MATCHUP PREDICTOR
– Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 60 wins, 47 losses, and five ties.
– In games played in Seattle, the Huskies are 32-22-4 against their cross-border rivals, while in games played in Eugene, the Ducks enjoy an 18-13 edge all-time (Oregon’s home games vs. the UW were played in Portland for many years). The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning 19 of the last 25 against the Dawgs.
– Washington leads the Pac-12 in third-down percentage defense, first downs allowed, fewest penalties (and yards), passing defense, and scoring defense.
– Oregon comes in at No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, cracking the top five for the first time since 2014.
– Oregon has been very effective running the football this season, ranking 25th in the nation with 204.88 rushing yards per game. The Ducks eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the fourth time this season with 256 on the ground vs. Colorado, fueling a season-best 568 yards of total offense.
– The Ducks are currently the lone Pac-12 team currently in the CFP top 25.
Jeff Wright (5-3)
IT’S THE DUCKS…There is no extra motivation needed for the Huskies. Oregon just made the top four in the initial College Football Playoff rankings and is feeling pretty good about themselves. This game is a prime opportunity for the Huskies to knock the “quack” out of Nike U. Conventional wisdom says that Oregon rolls easily in this contest, but rivalry games don’t follow this script. Anything can happen in these games and just maybe the Huskies still have a bad taste in their mouth from last season when the Ducks “graciously” took their place in the Pac-12 Championship game due to Covid-19 issues for the Huskies at the time. The weather will be Dawg weather with stormy rain and 40-50 mp wind, but Oregon is used to that climate as well. I believe the Huskies will keep the game close for a while in this one, but the Ducks will make the significant plays (Kayvon Thibodeaux comes to mind here) in the fourth quarter to come away with a near one-possession game. Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal wins the first annual “Academic Prowess Cup” over Washington head coach Jimmy Lake in this heated rivalry.
Oregon 28 – Washington 20
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