Washington Huskies vs. Oregon Ducks Preview and Prediction


Against Stanford last week, Washington absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in a 44-6 rout.

The Ducks (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) have had a quarterback carousel in the two seasons since the departure of Heisman Trophy victor Marcus Mariota.

“I think everybody has to dig it out and compete at the end of the day”, said OR junior linebacker A.J. Hotchkins. OR has dropped three straight, including a 51-33 loss at Washington State last week in which the notoriously pass-heavy Cougars actually rushed for six touchdowns.

Sotelo said the contributions will go toward the buyout, but only in the event that Helfrich is fired and the athletic department accepts the money. Under the legendary Don James, Washington was a perennial powerhouse, winning six Pac-10 titles, four Rose Bowls and shared the 1991 national championship with Miami. “When we figure it out, we’ll let you know”. “That’s absolutely contagious. We need more guys like that”. And they’ve allowed an average of just 12.8 points a game. Prukop, a graduate transfer from Montana State, has started in all five of Oregons games thus far, throwing for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions. “We will watch today’s practice and talk as a staff”.

Last week, they lost to the Washington State Cougars for the second straight season. Johnny Ragin III leads the Oregon Ducks with 29 tackles, Troy Dye has two sacks and Brenden Schooler has two interceptions.

“We’ve tried to give all those guys some great reps and great ownership of the defense”, Hoke said. Despite that, there are reasons the Dawgs come into the game favored by nine points, and the tailspin the Ducks are now in is at the top of the list. The key to this game will be in the run game though as Royce Freeman is having another solid season and will likely be asked to do a lot more with Herbert playing on Saturday. “That’s what I think”.

TBD in Eugene, in a place where the only TBD is wins … by how much, and what they’ll be wearing when they do it. “You’ve got to be who you are”.

Freshman Justin Herbert will reportedly start for the Ducks this weekend as the 2-3 group hosts white hot Washington, coming off a blasting of conference heavyweight Stanford last Friday, announcing themselves to the world as really damned good. “It is the situation we are in and we will deal with it and have the best outcome we can have”. Washington coach Chris Petersen went into bunker-mentality mode by making his players off-limits to the media, a ploy that certainly points to Petersen understanding what’s at stake even if he says otherwise. The visit to Fayetteville just might be Alabama’s trap game of the year as it will face Tennessee and Texas A&M in the next two weeks.

“Is it Abraham Lincoln who said, “Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt”?”

“They are both a little bit different”, Lubick said. “I’ll just leave it at that”. I think that’s more of an individually based thing. Obviously, (Petersen) has had a ton of success.

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