Washington and Oregon will the have full attention of a Saturday afternoon national audience when they play one of the most important games on the Pac-12 schedule this weekend in Eugene.
The Autzen Stadium atmosphere should still be lively, even with a 12:30 p.m. local time kick off, and Oregon should be refreshed after spending the week off following a win at Cal in Week 5. Washington arrives off a narrow win at UCLA, one where Chip Kelly’s team finally showed one of its better performances on an uncharacteristically challenging night for Washington’s defense.
Stanford already has a win against Oregon, so the Ducks need to win this game in order to stay alive in the Pac-12 North race. A Washington win on Saturday sets up a winner-take-all type matchup with the division on the line in early November between the Huskies and the Cardinal.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 13 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Autzen Stadium — Eugene, Oregon
TV: ESPN2/ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN
Washington: The Huskies are on the back end of a two-game road run, and the 31-24 win against UCLA did not restore any shaken confidence in how this team plays away from home. Oregon, on the other hand, is coming off a bye week. If these two teams are playing in a vacuum, Washington is probably favored by a touchdown or more. Given the circumstances, it’ll be a success just to escape Autzen Stadium with a win.
Washington needs Jake Browning to be great, especially in the second half, similar to Stanford’s K.J. Costello where he was able to locate places in the Oregon defense to find success after getting bottled up most of the night. The way this series goes the game will almost certainly be close and come down to big third-down throws from both quarterbacks. This needs to be one of Browning’s best games of the year, and if it is, the Huskies’ College Football Playoff hopes remain alive.
Oregon: Oregon’s offensive line, carrying a combined 113 starts, is the group that best represents what Mario Cristobal wants the Ducks to be at their core: a team that pushes you around in the trenches. That was the second-biggest takeaway (the first being Stanford’s comeback) to the overtime loss that Oregon, the team known for finesse, was pushing Stanford, traditionally rock solid up front, around in the trenches. This is an Oregon offense led by a future pro that shares the wealth (12 different players have scored touchdowns this season) and is anchored by one of the league’s best offensive lines.
Of course, here they meet one of the best defensive fronts in the country in Washington. If Oregon is going to take down the Huskies and remain in the Pac-12 North title race, it has to win those battles up front on offense, particularly in the red zone. To pull off the home upset, the Ducks need touchdowns.
Game prediction, picks
At the beginning of the season, I thought Oregon would split its two big opportunities, hosting both Stanford and Oregon at Autzen Stadium with Justin Herbert under center. Through the first half of the season, Herbert has been as advertised but the Ducks already lost one of those crucial games in heartbreaking fashion. I believed Oregon would split and will maintain that stance, with Herbert over Browning as the deciding factor. Pick: Oregon +3.5
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