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Five reasons to love the Washington vs. Oregon Pac 12 rivalry!

It’s gonna get ugly

The Washington Huskies haven’t beaten Oregon since 2003. Or, for comparison, since I was in fourth grade.

But the Huskies are coming in with momentum, and have shown they don’t fear the big ranked game.

Let’s give the ugly ducklings down in Eugene a run for their money.

Another Test for the Washington D

One of the keys to the Stanford game for the Huskies was defense.

Justin Wilcox’s game plan limited Stepfan Taylor and kept the Cardinal offense out of sync all night.

But Oregon has quite possibly the best offense in the country, led by the two-headed running attack of Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas.

Bishop Sankey will be looking for his second big performance in a row this Saturday.

Is Washington’s D truly elite? We’re about to find out.

Rankings on Rankings on Rankings

This is the first game between the two teams where both were ranked since 2000.

The Pac-12 currently has a remarkable six teams ranked in the top-25, according to the AP poll, and Arizona and Arizona State also received votes.

It’s about time the Pac-12 got some respect from the rest of the country, and this kind of nationally televised ranked matchup is the kind of thing we need.

Another Test for the Running Game

Last week, the much-questioned running game finally emerged in style, in the form of a 61-yard touchdown by Bishop Sankey.

The Huskies were finally able to establish the run against a tough defense.

Wide receiver Kendyl Taylor has been shifted to running back on the depth chart, where he is currently second behind Sankey.

Starting Tackle Ben Riva is back from his forearm injury.

The offensive key to an upset for the Huskies, or even just for beating the spread, will be establishing the run to take some pressure off of Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

This is the gut check moment for Sankey and the O-line.

 Justin Wilcox’s Homecoming

Little-known fact: Justin Wilcox grew up right outside Eugene and played college football for the Ducks. So did his older brother and father.

Wilcox played defensive back in college, and now he’s back in Eugene, this time on the other defense.

The Toughest Part of The Huskies Schedule

Make no mistake, this is a tough matchup.

The Vegas line has Washington losing by 24. This is the second national title contender the Huskies will play in four weeks.

The five game stretch that started against Stanford and sees the Huskies playing Oregon, USC, Arizona, and Oregon State in consecutive weeks is one of the most brutal schedules in the country.

The next few weeks will make or break the Huskies.

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