Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies Game Preview

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Arguably the biggest game in the Pac-12 is this week, and it features two potential NFL quarterbacks. Justin Herbert from Oregon turned down a chance to go pro for his senior season. On the other side, Jacob Eason originally chose Georgia over his hometown team of Washington. Now, he’s back and looking to lead the Huskies to a conference championship.


Date: Saturday, October 19th
Start time: 2:30pm CT
How to watch: ABC
Line: Oregon -3
Location: Husky Stadium (Seattle, WA)


Oregon Ducks players to watch

S Jevon Holland
LB Troy Dye
QB Justin Herbert
RB CJ Verdell
OT Penei Sewell

Washington Huskies players to watch

QB Jacob Eason
S Myles Bryant
CB Elijah Molden
RB Salvon Ahmed
WR Aaron Fuller

Oregon Ducks keys to the game

  • Ball security
  • Put doubt in Washington’s mind
  • Pressure Eason

Washington Huskies keys to the game

  • Punch and rip
  • Keep Eason safe
  • Slow down the game

Why the Oregon Ducks win

Jacob Breeland’s injury hurts Justin Herbert and the offense, but he’s getting some other targets back. Juwan Johnson and Mycah Pittman returned from injuries with an opportunity to make an impact in a big game. Oregon’s offense must take care of the football like they did last week against Colorado. Washington’s defense can make life tough for opposing offenses, and the Ducks are in trouble if they start turning the ball over. Ball security ensures Herbert and the offense can continue to move the ball and put points on the scoreboard. Washington already has two losses to teams that aren’t as good as Oregon (Cal and Stanford), so early scoring could produce an advantage mentally for the Ducks.

Why the Washington Huskies win

We’ve seen what Washington can do when they’re able to score points, so scoring over 20 points is a good start. They don’t want to get in a shootout, but they can score a good chunk of points. As we mentioned above, turning the Ducks over is the key. Slowing down the Ducks offense will help the Huskies win, and they can do that by taking the ball away from Oregon.

Prediction

It seems cliché, but the winner of the turnover battle should win this game. Oregon’s tied for seventh in forced turnovers, and Washington’s tied for 12th. Oregon’s offense is better equipped to withstand turnovers, but the Huskies can also score quickly. Expect this game to be close, even though history says otherwise. Of the last 17 games, only two have been decided by one score, but this year should be the third. OREGON 31 WASHINGTON 27

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