Washington-Oregon Preview Capsule
WASHINGTON (5-1, 1-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 9 OREGON (5-1, 2-1), 8:05 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1)
Line: Oregon by 21.
Series Record: Washington leads 58-43-5
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Ducks are out to prove that one loss doesn’t define a season. Oregon rebounded from a loss at home against Arizona with a 42-30 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl last weekend. As a result, the Ducks moved back into the AP top 10 at No. 9. Washington is coming off a 31-7 rout of California in Berkeley with hopes to snap the Ducks’ 10-game winning streak in the series.
Oregon’s offense against Washington’s defense. The Ducks’ normally high-flying offense was clipped in previous Pac-12 games against Washington State and Arizona, but came alive in the victory over the Bruins with freshman Royce Freeman rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Huskies, who held the Golden Bears to just 7 points, are allowing an average of 21.3 points per game, second in the conference to Stanford.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Washington: Senior defensive lineman Hau’oli Kikaha leads the nation with 10 sacks this season, after three against Cal. He also leads all FBS players with an average of 13.5 tackles for loss. Overall, the Huskies have 24 sacks this season.
Oregon: Junior quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 205 passes without an interception dating back to last season. He needs three touchdown passes to pass Stanford’s Andrew Luck on the Pac-12 career list. So far, he’s got 17 passing TDs and five rushing scores this season.
FACTS & FIGURES
Neither Oregon nor Washington has thrown an interception this season, making them the last two teams nationwide with none. … The Huskies have given up just one turnover this season. … Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson has four defensive touchdowns this season, and one on offense. … Oregon’s Royce Freeman has seven rushing touchdowns this season and he’s thrown a TD pass to Mariota on a trick play against Arizona. … Over the course of the 10-game winning streak against Washington, the Ducks have averaged 25.4 points per game.