Oregon (7-1) vs UW (6-2)
Yeah, Oregon has had their issues this season dealing with injuries and suspensions, but the Ducks just keep on rolling and they rank 4th in the nation in both rushing yards per game and in points per game.
Washington is 6-2 and eligible for a bowl for the 2nd straight season, but let’s bullet point a list why they are major home underdogs in Seattle this Saturday.
- The Huskies have been crushed by both ranked teams they have played.
- They were schooled last season at Oregon.
- Oregon has one of the best rushing offenses in the nation and in the 2 losses for Washington this season they have given up a total 755 rushing yards.
Hey, at least the Huskies have a good offense while the Ducks do not have a great defense and UW does have a chance, but they will have to light up the scoreboard and keep pace with the potent Oregon attack.
For the Huskies to have any chance to beat the Ducks they will have to get good games from QB Keith Price and RB Chris Polk. This is especially the case, as I do not see UW containing the dynamic Oregon offense.
Price passed for 277 yards with 1 TD in the win over Arizona last week, but he had 3 INT. He and his receiving corps must be on the same page in this game.
Last week Polk made some UW history becoming the first player to have 100 rushing and receiving yards in the same game and he is THE key in the game.
If he can move the chains on the ground the Huskies can control the clock and keep the Oregon offense on the sidelines.
Oregon will start Darron Thomas under center after he was yanked in the last game because of 2 INT, but he will be facing a UW pass defense that ranks 117th in the nation out of 120 FBS teams.
Do the Huskies have any chance to stop the run? Hmmmm… no.
Even with LaMichael James out backup RB Kenjon Barner has rushed for over 100 yards in his last 3 games. On top of that James has had another week to get healthy and he will play in this game.
Washington has 6 wins, but they have only beaten one team this season that currently has a winning record and that is 5-3 Hawaii.
Sorry Huskies nation would love to say we will win, but the fact is we probably won’t.