Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
When: Saturday, October 13th at 12:30 p.m. — Gates open at 11 a.m. — Tailgate begins at 6:30 a.m.
Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough
Analyst: Todd Blackledge
Sideline Reporter: Holly Rowe
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 (-3.5) — Over/Under = 58
History: 60-45-5 Washington. From 2004-15, Oregon won 12 in a row but then in 2016, the Huskies exacted revenge with a 70-21 victory in Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert’s first career start. Last year’s meeting ended with Washington winning 38-3 when Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for two scores and running back Myles Gaskin finished with 123 rushing yards and a score.
Oregon Storyline: This is the Ducks’ biggest test of the year, and it comes against their most hated-rival with the Pac-12 North on the line. Quarterback Justin Herbert, who grew up an Oregon fan and knows all about the rivalry, looks to exact revenge after losing to Washington in his first career start two years ago. He and his receivers will be challenged by the Huskies NFL-like secondary. In the end, this is the type of marquee game that can spark head coach Mario Cristobal’s first season and lead the Ducks to bigger and better things.
Washington Storyline: The Huskies control their own destiny in the Pac-12 North, particularly with Stanford losing last week to Utah. But they face a revitalized Oregon team that has a point to prove after being dismantled by the Huskies 108-24 the past two years. Quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin need to play better if the Huskies are going to make a run at the College Football Playoffs. But, the Huskies can rely on a defense that’s among the best in the nation. A win keeps the huskies on track for the CFP while a loss knocks them completely out of contention.
Oregon Players to Watch: Junior QB Justin Herbert, Senior DE Jalen Jelks, Junior WR Dillon Mitchell, Junior LB Troy Dye
Washington Players to Watch:Senior LB Ben Burr-Kirven; Senior QB Jake Browning, Junior S Taylor Rapp, Junior WR Aaron Fuller
Matchup to Watch:Oregon Pass Defense vs. Washington Pass Offense
Oregon Depth Chart:Click Here
Washington Depth Chart:Click Here
Weather Forecast: 62 degrees and sunny at kickoff. Zero-percent chance of rain with 52-percent humidity. Winds expected at 9 mph.
Prediction: This is the perfect setup for Oregon. Not only are the Ducks a very good team, they’re coming off a bye week fully healthy while Washington struggled against a winless UCLA squad last week. Now the Huskies travel to Autzen for their second road game in a row. The Ducks have the momentum and the drive (outscored 108-24 last two years) to pull off the upset. But because everything is too perfect for Oregon, I’m going with Washington. The Huskies show up and play well in Browning and Gaskin’s last rivalry game against Oregon. This game is close throughout but Washington not panicking down the stretch — and a game-winning drive late in the fourth — is what drops the Ducks in the end.
Washington 31 — Oregon 27