Eugene, OR - A reeling Oregon Duck team hosts No. 5 Washington this afternoon. The Huskies enter the game fresh off a monster win over Stanford last week, while the Ducks are desperately trying to keep their collective heads above the water. Who will come away victorious?
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 @ 4:30 p.m. Pacific/7:30 p.m. EST
TV Info: FOX Television - Joe Davis (play-by-play), Brady Quinn (color), and Jenny Taft (sidelines) providing the commentary.
Radio Info: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (137) and XM (197)
How to Watch and Listen to the Huskies:
Audio Stream: TuneIn Radio
Video Stream: FOX Sports Go
I don’t need to remind anyone about the ridiculous streak the Huskies are swimming in the middle of, but I will: 12 games. Before those awful 12 years began, the Huskies led the series between the schools 58-33-12. The Ducks have closed that gap substantially in that time.
Last year, when the Huskies were hoping once again to break the streak, they had to play the Ducks with a finally healthy Vernon Adams at quarterback. He single-handedly beat the Huskies last year, and, frankly, that loss still stings. A lot.
0 - The number of touchdown passes Oregon has in the first quarter this season.
6 - The number of rushing touchdowns Oregon surrendered last week against the Cougars.
29.05 - The average kickoff return yardage for Oregon this season.
36.2 - The average number of points Oregon is giving up each game this season.
46 - The average number of points Oregon is giving up each game against Pac-12 teams.
74 - Pac-12 opponents’ collective completion percentage against the Ducks this season.
Putting it all Together
Good teams have been able to do whatever they’ve wanted to do against Oregon this season. If a team focused on passing, they were able to pass. If they focused on rushing, they were able to do that as well. (I’m looking at you, Wazzu.)
The problem I have with this game is that, other than last week’s matchup with the Cougars where the Ducks essentially had a tryout for their freshman quarterback, is that they’ve played two really good teams really close. Oregon would probably have beaten Colorado if they’d decided to kick some extra points. They were also a couple of passes away from beating Nebraska.
Frankly, I’m super worried about this game. I plan on cutting my nails really short before I turn on the TV, so then I don’t have any nails to bite on. I just don’t see this game going the same way the Stanford game went. Hopefully the Huskies can do what the good teams have done against the Ducks, and do whatever they want to do on offense against a struggling Duck defense.
On defense, I hope the Huskies have a much better showing than they did against Arizona.
Washington is a 9.5 point favorite to win this game, at Oregon, which is a little surprising to me. I think this game is going to be a whole lot closer than that, if that’s even possible. The over/under is at 68.5.
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