The Oregon Ducks have to be the scariest team in college football right now. Yes, I realize that there are other teams that have been just as scary this season, but Oregon has made every win this season look easy. What do I mean by this? How about winning every game by an average of over 45 points — yeah, that’s pretty good.
On the other side of the field, the Washington Huskies are serious contenders in the Pac-12 this season. After taking the Stanford Cardinal down to the wire, the Huskies have gained major respect from experts around the country, barely dropping in the rankings. This team will not roll over in Oregon’s first true test of the season.
Oregon has quite possibly the best overall offense in college football along with the Baylor Bears. Averaging 59.2 points per game and running out a Heisman favorite quarterback every week has to be a good sign moving forward. This team is the favorite to win the Pac-12 right now and for good reason — no one can stop them. Marcus Mariota has been one of the best quarterbacks in the nation through six weeks, passing for 1,358 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 338 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Once De’Anthony Thomas gets going, this team will be even scarier.
Washington won’t be intimidated by the Ducks at home in this matchup. The Huskies are led by their own solid quarterback and Heisman-hopeful, Keith Price. The senior gunslinger has had quite the rebound season after a rough year in 2012, completing over 70 percent of his passes for 1,394 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He has gotten plenty of help from the solid wide receiving options on the team, but Bishop Sankey has taken a load off Price’s shoulders this season. The talented running back has 732 yards and seven touchdowns through five games for the 4-1 Huskies.
Defensively, the Huskies rank 10th in the country with just 287.8 yards allowed per game. They allow just under four yards per play and rank 11th in the nation in points allowed per game — this defense is the best Oregon has seen all year. Oregon allows just 331.2 yards per game with just over four yards per play. They also rank second in the nation in points allowed per game.
Oregon will travel to Washington to take on the Huskies at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Oregon 40, Washington 34