Washington Football continues this week as the Huskies head into enemy territory to face the Oregon Ducks. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know.
It’s a Washington football Saturday. Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy the Washington Huskies PAC-12 road game against the Oregon Ducks today. Whether you traveling down I-5 to see the game in person, or staying at home and watching on television we have you covered.
Who: #7 Washington Huskies (5-1, 3-0) at #19 Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1)
Where: Autzen Stadium – Eugene, Oregon
When: 12:30 p.m. PDT
Line: Washington Huskies -3.5, Over/Under 57.5 (Odds Shark)
Interesting Trends: In their last seven games, Washington is 2-5 against the spread. The total has gone under in five of UW’s last six games.
Huskies Injuries: LB D.J. Beavers (undisclosed) – doubtful, RB Miles Gaskin (shoulder) – probable.
Oregon was idle last week. Two weeks ago the Ducks defeated then 24th ranked California 42-34, in Berkley, CA.
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The Washington Huskies had a much harder than anticipated game at the Rose Bowl last Saturday. UW still pulled out a 31-24 road win over UCLA. At the half, Washington had a 24-17 lead, but the winless Bruins didn’t lay down and let their guests steamroll them. They closed the gap to seven points with 1:38 remaining in the game and forced the Huskies to recover an onsides kick in the final 95 seconds.
Washington’s defense uncharacteristically struggled last week. They hadn’t allowed more than 21 points in any of their first five games. As a matter of fact, they allowed seven or fewer points in three out of five, entering last Saturday. UCLA had 422 total yards. The Bruins were led by running back Joshua Kelly’s 164 total yards (125 rush, 39 receiving) and a touchdown. Freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson of the Bruins threw for 272 yards and a pair of scores.
Huskies quarterback Jake Browning had an all-around good game last week, he threw for 265 yards with a touchdown and ran for an additional 49 with another score. His touchdown pass came on a beautiful catch by receiver Aaron Fuller that went for 25 yards. For the game, Fuller had five receptions for 100 yards. Running back Myles Gaskin ran the ball into the end zone twice as part of a 116-yard performance on 27 carries.
It’s an absolutely huge game for both teams today. For Oregon, it’s a knockout game. If they lose at home, the Ducks can consider themselves out of the hunt for a spot in the PAC-12 Championship Game. This season, two conference losses won’t cut it. If they win, suddenly they are tied for first place and hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
While the Huskies still have a path to a conference title if they lose, any hope of going to the College Football Playoff and a winning national championship goes out the window. Meanwhile, a win keeps them at the top of the PAC-12 North, as well as remaining in the playoff conversation.
Look for both teams to try and establish the ground game early. Washington plays the run well, but Oregon has a huge offensive line. If UW can’t effectively run, quarterback Jake Browning will try to exploit Oregon’s smaller corners. He’ll need his line to protect him against an aggressive Oregon defensive front. Ball control will be key and Washington does a better job of it today, to go 4-0 in the PAC-12.