Seattle, WA - It’s homecoming week, and the undefeated Huskies host the lowly Oregon State Beavers. These two teams couldn’t be sitting further apart when it comes to their respective positions in the conference this year. The Huskies look to add another W in their win column, staying undefeated, while the Beavers look to just keep their collective heads above the water.
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 3:30 p.m. Pacific/6:30 p.m. EST
TV Info: Pac-12 Network - Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (color) and Cindy Brunson (sidelines) providing the commentary.
Radio Info: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (145) and XM (197)
How to Watch and Listen to the Huskies:
Audio Stream: TuneIn Radio
Video Stream: Pac-12 Live
The Huskies have dominated this series since the 1970s. In the last 39 years these teams have played, the Huskies have only lost nine times. That’s a 77% winning percentage. There are lots of things that people do all the time that have a lower chance of success than that. I’m talking about you dieting with your apalling 20% success rate.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that Oregon State actually enjoys losing to the Huskies ...
1 - Washington’s conference rank in opponents’ average yards gained per rush, AND in average passing yards allowed per game.
2 - Oregon State’s conference rank in average passing yards allowed per game.
3 - The spot on the depth chart starting Beaver Quarterback Marcus McMaryion was at the beginning of the season (#InjuriesHurt).
4 - The number of passing touchdowns the Beavers have allowed this season.
5 - The number of interceptions the Beaver defense has this season.
6 - The number of interceptions the Beavers have thrown this season.
6 - The number of rushing touchdowns the Beavers had against Cal.
10 - Oregon State’s Conference rank in rushing yards allowed.
11 - The number of passes that have gone for over 25 yards against the Beaver Defense.
19 - The total number of sacks the Beavers have surrendered this season ... (that’s 3.5 a game! No wonder they’re on their third QB ...)
25.2 - The average number of points the Beavers score each game. (That’s including their OT thriller against Cal when they scored 47 points.)
30.8 - The average number of points Oregon State is giving up per game.
49.5 - The average number of points the Huskies are scoring per game.
90.41 - Oregon State’s average QB rating this season.
146 - The number of passing yards Oregon State averages per week.
179.5 - The number of passing yards the Beavers allow on average each week.
Putting it all Together
The Huskies were able to get a nice little bye right in the middle of the season. Hopefully it helped them get ready for the Beavs. Oregon State has been pretty salty the last few weeks, and they are looking to have themselves another close game this week.
The’ll try to do that by being super stiff on pass defense and causing turnovers. While the Beavers got torched through the air against Colorado a few weeks back, they took it to Cal and Utah, allowing an infinitesimal 124 yards (2.8 yards per attempt) and a microscopic 42 yards (3.2 yards per attempt) respectively.
While I would have expected Utah to put up a couple more yards against the Beavers, Cal was a complete surprise to me. In case you missed it, Cal is averaging almost 378 yards through the air.
I’d wager the Huskies will test the Beaver defense deep and often. Their receivers have the speed to do that, and the Beavers aren’t exactly world-beaters in that department. Out of 110 completions against the Beaver defense, 10 percent of those have been over 25 yards, and 21 percent have been over 15 yards.
The Beavers are going to give the Huskies some trouble with their defense today. The question is, will their offense, one that’s now missing its top two QBs and its top running back be able to keep up?
The short answer to that one: probably not.
The Huskies are, unsurprisingly (considering what was left of Oregon and Stanford when the Dawgs were done chewing on them), huge favorites to win this one, and win it big. Right now, which is roughly 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, they are 36.5 favorites (courtesy of VegasInsider). The O/U is 53 points.
Here are the game notes. Look at all those pretty W’s.