No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at. No. 25 Washington State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12)
Where: Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington
When: Saturday, October 20th at 4:30 p.m.
Play-by-Play: Tim Brando
Analyst: Spencer TIllman
Sideline Reporter: Holly Sonders
Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen
Analyst: Mike Jorgensen
Sideline Reporter: Joey McMurry
Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz
Betting Line: Washington State (-3) — Over/Under = 68
Series History: 48-39-7 Oregon. Although the Ducks lead the overall series, the Cougars have been a nasty thorn in Oregon’s side recently. Washington State has won the past three meetings by an average score of 43-27. In those games, the Cougars have thrown at will against the Ducks, averaging 386 passing yards per game. Last year, Oregon led 10-7 after one quarter before Washington State scored the final 26 points in the dominating win.
Oregon Storyline: One week after Oregon secured its biggest win in years, a 30-27 OT win over Washington, the Ducks travel to the Palouse to face a good Washington State squad. This might be Oregon’s most taxing game mentally, coming off that big win and playing its fourth consecutive top-25 opponent. The Ducks must find a way to pressure Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew and slow down the air raid offense. Also, after struggling a bit last week, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert must be sharper this week. Last week’s win over Washington showed the Ducks are back in the national picture, but this week’s game asserts it.
Washington State Storyline: The Cougars are tied for first place in the competitive Pac-12 North, yet are receiving no love for being a true contender. Washington State can change all of that with a big win over Oregon. To win though, the Cougars must slow down Oregon’s high-octane offense and make sure to take advantage of the Ducks’ mediocre pass defense. ESPN’s College GameDay is in Pullman for the first time; Washington State wants to show out for the special occasion.
Oregon Players to Watch:Sophomore QB Thomas Graham Jr.; Junior C Jake Hanson; Senior OLB Justin Hollins; Freshman RB CJ Verdell
Washington State Players to Watch: Senior QB Gardner Minshew; Senior LB Peyton Pueller; Sophomore WR Tay Martin; LB Dominic Silvels
Matchup to Watch:Oregon DC Jim Leavitt vs. Washington State HC Mike Leach
Oregon Depth Chart:Click Here
Washington State Depth Chart:Click Here
Weather Forecast: 67 degrees and sunny at kickoff. Zero-percent chance of rain with 29-percent humidity. Winds expected at 3 mph.
Prediction: Oregon’s trip to Washington State is the definition of a “letdown” game. The Ducks are coming off an emotionally and physically taxing victory over hated rival Washington while the Cougars had time to rest and plan for Oregon after a bye last week. Emotions are high in this game as ESPN’s famed College GameDay is in Pullman for the first time. Still, I think Oregon rises to the challenge and gets the win. Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal will have the Ducks mentally ready and I think quarterback Just Herbert bounces back with a big performance. While this game will be close in the end, the Ducks will leave Pullman with a “W”, ending their three-game losing streak in the series.
Oregon 38 — Washington State 34