The Oregon Ducks crushed another lowly Pac-12 opponent in a 57-16 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. Once again, the Ducks scored more than 20 points in the first quarter, which marks the fourth time that has happened this season. The only time that that hasn’t happened was against the Tennessee Volunteers, who Oregon still beat 59-14.
Next up on Oregon’s schedule is the Washington Huskies. Washington will be the strongest run game that the Ducks have faced all season long and should be able to produce, despite Oregon’s strong running defense. Bishop Sankey is the real deal at running back, and will rack up at least 100 yards against the Ducks’ defense.
However, despite Sankey most likely having offensive success against the Ducks, the Huskies’ defense is not good enough to stop Oregon’s offense. Washington’s defense gave up 179 yards on the ground against Stanford, and Oregon’s running ability is far superior to Stanford’s. Coupled with Marcus Mariota’s passing ability, Washington might be able to hold out for a quarter or two, but not for the whole game.
Everyone is till buzzing about the Huskies almost coming back to beat Stanford, but the game wasn’t as close as it seemed. Washington may have played the Cardinal extremely close, but lack of execution on defense by the Cardinals helped give the Huskies’ chances. They are a team on the rise in the Pac-12 and will be extremely dangerous in the future, but they will not stop Oregon. Expect the Ducks to roll over the Huskies by at least three scores.