EUGENE -- One of the oldest rivalries in the PAC-12 will be renewed Saturday night as No. 2 Oregon hosts No. 23 Washington at Autzen Stadium under the lights.
The Huskies are entering the game coming off of an upset over then-No. 8-ranked Stanford on Sept 27 in Seattle. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian hopes that his team scan ride that momentum into this game and have another big upset.
Oregon has won the previous eight match-ups between the two squads, and Chip Kelly will have him team prepared as if they are looking to win his first game if the year. With a win, Oregon will enter its bye week with a 6-0 record.
Here are are three things to watch out for in this game:
The play of Washington's Keith Price.
Price made his first career start against the Ducks in 2010 when Jake Locker was out with an injury, and it was possibly the worst game of Price's career. That is something that I am sure he will be looking to avenge.
Washington enters the game only averaging 194 yards passing a game, and Oregon is allowing 250 passing yards a game. The Ducks have some aggressive corners, so if Price can keep his cool and not be pressured he could have a big game.
Oregon's offense vs Washington's defense.
The Ducks have averaged nearly 43 points a game against the Huskies' defense over theirs winning-streak, and they are averaging 52 points a game this season.
The Huskies are only allowing 19.8 points a game, which ranks forth in the conference, but they have not faced a high-powered offense like Oregon's.
If Oregon goes up early, it will be interesting to see how Washington responds.
De'Anthonly Thomas will look to break the so-called Sports Illustrated curse.
Since being on the front of the SI cover Thomas's dominance has seemed to slow down a little, but this week he could explode with a big game. Over his shirt career, he see excelled in the big games for Oregon and this game should be no different.
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