No. 7 Oregon renews heated rivalry while traveling to Washington

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Oregon running back Travis Dye (26) celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Colorado on Saturday, October 30, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. (AP Photo / Andy Nelson)

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No. 7 Oregon (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12, No. 4 CFP) in Washington (4-4, 3-2) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).

Line: Oregon at 6½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Washington leads 60-47-5.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Oregon begins its challenging final month of the regular season with a trip to face its hottest rival. The Ducks face both Washington schools before heading to the Pac-12 South leader Utah and eventually having a showdown at home with rival Oregon State. Washington has won two ugly ways in a row to stay in the North Pac-12 chase and keep its Bowl hopes alive. Last year’s game never occurred after COVID-19 issues within the Huskies program that landed Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. That fact didn’t go well with Washington, but the Huskies have far bigger problems, especially on the offensive, if they intend to challenge the Ducks.

KEY COMPARISON

Washington’s offensive against Oregon’s defensive front. Washington’s offense was grossly contradicting and lacking in strength. The Huskies made a total of 376 yards against Stanford last week, but were content with field goals until Dylan Morris’s late touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan. Washington was held under 350 yards in six of eight games and ranks 104th in the country in scorers’ hunt.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: WRs Jaylon Redd and Mycah Pittman. The Ducks have to do without top wide receiver Johnny Johnson III in the first half due to a target penalty. Redd has three career TDs against the Huskies, including two in the 2019 game, while Pittman had a career high of five catches two weeks ago.

Washington: Morris. It’s been such an odd season for Morris. It started with optimism and quickly turned into debates about whether to bank him in favor of freshman Sam Huard. Morris made the big TD throw to McMillian too late against Stanford and can definitely change the fans’ minds with a win over the Ducks.

FACTS

Last year was the second time Washington and Oregon hadn’t played since 1945. In 2001 the teams did not meet due to scheduling reasons. … Washington leads the Pac-12 in several defensive categories including Third Down Percent Defense, First Downs Allowed, Pass Defense, and Scoring Defense. … Oregon has won six of the last seven and a total of 14 of the last 16 in Seattle.


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