Husky Stadium Finale
It’s Oregon coming to town. With the exception to a match-up against Washington State, it only seems fitting that the Huskies face their next most hated enemy in the #6 Oregon Ducks for the very last home game in Husky Stadium.
This could be very easily the hardest game the Huskies will play all year even factoring in the ugly game against Stanford.
The key to this game is the same key I’ve been repeating all year – defense.
The Ducks are very dangerous in that they have a 3-headed running attack with all 3 backs easily able to get their 100 yard game and make defenses look silly. LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas could be the most formidable rushing combo in all of college football. That’s saying something, knowing the potential we have behind Chris Polk for the Huskies.
The scary part, though, is that Oregon has a good passing game as well, even if not utilizes due to their running strength.
Washington’s defensive line will have to really step up this week.
Looking back at the Stanford debacle this season, they have a long way to go. Whether or not they can make those adjustments, I’m not sure. After giving up almost 400 yards rushing to a prominent passing offense, it almost scares a Husky fan to think of what a prominent rushing team will be capable of.
As mentioned earlier though, the Ducks pass game could really throw the Huskies for a loop. Preparing to defend one aspect of an offense can unbalance your defense as we saw against Stanford. Oregon QB Darron Thomas is dangerous when unleashed and can do some big things. Even scarier, though, is that his backup Bryan Bennett is supposed to be an even better passer than Thomas.
The Huskies will have to play one well-rounded game to stop this offensive onslaught from Oregon. They can do it, though, and will really need to use their motivations in this game to their full advantage.
The Ducks defense is not that great which will give Washington its big opportunity.
Price has shown lots of versatility this season, even with his banged up knees. If he comes under pressure, he is still able to scramble for yardage and first downs as we witnessed last week against Arizona.
The wild card in this game for the Huskies will be Chris Polk. The guy has been simply amazing this season, especially recently.
He is the Pac-12 rushing leader currently and set or tied 3 Husky rushing records last week in 100 yards games, 1,000 yard seasons and the first ever Husky to rush and receive for 100 yards in a game.
Polk’s receiving ability has shone through this season and it makes him a multi-dimensional threat that no team can ignore or seem to contain yet this season.
If he stays on this current pace he is on, there is lots of potential there to not only set more Husky records but possibly threaten some national college football records as well.
This week’s battle will be a tough one, probably the toughest the Huskies will have all season long.
There will be opportunities for the Huskies to win this game, but they must capitalize and must be able to contain Oregon’s offense in the most crucial situations that come up in the game.