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State Of The Dawgs: Weekly Notebook | November 2

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The Washington Huskies (6-2,4-1) are preparing for their showdown against #7 Oregon Ducks (7-1, 5-0) this week in the final game at old Husky Stadium.


You can see that the Huskies offense has been pretty impressive this year by clicking here.

The Huskies take on a powerful Ducks team that is fourth in the entire nation in scoring at 47.5 points per game while being 27th in the nation in points allowed at 21.3 points per game.

The Ducks are riding a seven game winning after losing another big game to start the season against #1 LSU Tigers.

The Huskies have won 10 of their last 12 games since losing to Oregon last year 53-16 in a game which was 25-16 halfway through the third quarter.

In this following post I’ll give three keys as to how the Huskies can defeat the Ducks this Saturday.

1. Pound Chris Polk all game long

If Steve Sarkisian is pounding Polk he accomplishes two things. The Huskies offense is moving the ball and the Ducks offense more importantly is off the field.

The Huskies are 8-0 when Polk carries the ball 25 times or more. This year Polk has already eclipsed 1,000 yards for the third straight season and has a career high in receiving yards while also catching three touchdowns.

2. Defense must slow down the Ducks powerful offense

This year against their two big time opponents the Huskies have allowed 51 points to Nebraska and 65 points to Stanford.

Last year the Huskies defense shutout the Ducks in the first quarter becoming the first opponent to do that all year. The defense wore down as the game wore on as the Ducks eventually dropped 53 points on the scoreboard.

The Ducks have defeated the Huskies seven years in a row with all seven games being by over 20 points most of which including them dropping over 40 points.

3. Receivers catch the ball!

There will be plenty of pressure on the Huskies offense this week as the Huskies defense will have their hands full. I do think the Huskies can move the ball on the Ducks. The Cougars last week had 30 first downs on the Ducks and their offense isn’t as good as the Huskies offense. Last week there was way too many drops which almost cost them the game.

Chris Polk

State Of the Huskies - Oct 2nd

Two drops resulted in interceptions including one that was a pick six.

Three drops of over 30 yards also happened (although I’m counting the  Hartvigson play as  “drop” but the refs blew the call) including a goahead touchdown by Kearse which he flat out dropped. Drops killed the Huskies the previous week against Stanford too particularly by Kearse who is a senior captain.

In conclusion, the Huskies program is moving in the right direction.

However, they aren’t ready for a game like Oregon not quite yet as the Ducks are a different animal(no pun intended). The Huskies offense will keep this game close for a while as Polk/Price is a very difficult matchup.

For opposing teams they don’t know how to defend the Huskies as either Keith Price and Chris Polk has proven they can explode on you.

Game Info:
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Radio: 950 KJR
Location: Husky Stadium
Start time: 7:30 p.m. PT for those going to the game senior introductions start at 7:15 p.m
Vegas line: Ducks favored by 16.5
K-Shell’s Hopeful Prediction: Ducks 51, Huskies 34

Oregon(6) at Washington

Nov 5-10:30 PM ET Record
ORE 7-1 (2-1 V)
WASH 6-2 (5-0 H)
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