Oregon vs. Washington
Oregon and Washington meet this Saturday in a matchup of top 20 teams. Oregon just keeps rolling along like a well-oiled machine. The Ducks have looked unstoppable so far this season averaging over 59 points per game (and that’s after taking the foot off the pedal in some lopsided games). Meanwhile, Washington is coming off a very tough loss at Stanford. The Huskies had the game in hand before allowing a late Stanford touchdown. It will be interesting to see how Washington rebounds.
Behind Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota, Oregon enjoyed yet another rout in a 57-16 victory at Colorado last Saturday. The Ducks haven’t suffered a road loss since falling 51-42 to Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. Mariota accounted for a career-best seven touchdowns, completing 16 of 27 passes for 355 yards and five scores and running for 43 yards and two TDs. The sophomore is 17-1 as a starter and has thrown at least one touchdown in all 18 games.
For Washington, the Huskies should assume they need a touchdown on every single drive. This is not the type of game you want to be playing the field position battle. Running back Bishop Sankey must play like he has done in each game so far this season – averaging over 135 yards per game and 7 touchdowns. As for moving the ball through the air, the Huskies do possess an advantage with size and brawn of receivers Kasen Williams and Kevin Smith matching up against what some might describe as an undersized secondary for Oregon.
What will happen: The trip to the newly renovated Husky Stadium will be the toughest test of the season so far for Oregon. If the Ducks are able to strike early, they should be able to take the crowd out of the game and put doubt in the minds of the Husky players. Look for Washington to be playing from behind early with the Ducks pulling away late. Oregon stays the course on the way to the BCS National Championship game.
Key stats: Oregon has won nine in a row against Washington and all nine have been by more than 17 points.
Prediction: Oregon 45 Washington 24
The Play: Oregon -14
2013 ATS Record: 9-5-1