Saturday, October 13 at 3:30 PM ET
This Saturday No. 7 Washington travels to Eugene to clash with No. 17 Oregon in a must-watch Pac-12 contest at Autzen Stadium.
The Washington Huskies are coming off a 31-24 road win against the UCLA Bruins last week. Jake Browning completed 18 of 26 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception and he also ran for 49 yards and a score and Myles Gaskin had 116 rushing yards and two touchdowns for a Washington team that held the ball for 38 minutes, 9 seconds.
Aaron Fuller made five catches for 100 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. The Washington pass defense, which had been their strength, struggled against freshman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. They had not allowed a passing touchdown since the September 1 21-16 loss against Auburn but Thompson-Robinson threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns.
The Huskies are averaging 272.0 passing yards (33rd in the nation) and 170.7 rushing yards (72nd). Washington ranks 75th with 29.2 points per game and 3rd with 13.7 points against. Jake Browning has passed for 1508 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions, Myles Gaskin has 554 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 124 carries and Aaron Fuller has 35 receptions for 574 yards and two touchdowns.
The Oregon Ducks got back on track from a tough home loss against the Stanford Cardinal with a 42-24 road win against the No. 24 California Golden Bears on September 29. Justin Herbert completed 16 of 22 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns and he got plenty of help from a strong ground game and big plays by the defense. Travis Dye ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, CJ Vardell ran for 106 yards and the defense responded well with five takeaways and two defensive touchdowns.
The Ducks are averaging 287.6 passing yards (24th in the nation) and 216.0 rushing yards (30th). Oregon ranks 12th with 45.6 points per game and 49th with 24.4 points against. Justin Herbert has passed for 1411 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions, CJ Verdell has 420 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 68 carries and Dillon Mitchell has 27 receptions for 442 yards and two touchdowns.
College Football Trends:
The Washington Huskies are:
21-47-2 ATS in their last 70 games in October
2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall
1-5 ATS in their last six games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
1-5 ATS in their last six road games
The Oregon Ducks are:
4-1 ATS in their last five games following a bye week
35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games in October
Washington crushed Oregon 38-3 last season but Justin Herbert didn't play in that game and the Ducks are a completely different team with him. I really like Oregon and the points here, the Washington offense hasn't found a rhythm yet, they average just 22.7 points in three road games this season and the Oregon rush defense limits opponents to just 108.6 yards per game, so they will be in good shape if they can neutralize Myles Gaskin and a Washington running game that hasn't played to their potential this season.
The Ducks have put up points consistently in all their five games, led by Justin Herbert, who has 15 touchdown passes. Oregon averages 503.6 total yards per game and Washington can have trouble stopping the run against a Ducks team that puts up 216.0 rushing yards per game, led by CJ Verdell and Travis Dye.
College Football Pick: Oregon +3 (-110) at Jazz Sports