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November 5, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Just the facts, Oregon edition

Here’s the unedited version of the UW scouting report that will appear in the print editions of Saturday’s paper. …
Washington (3-5, 2-3), Oregon (8-0, 5-0)
Time: 12:30 p.m. at Autzen Stadium TV: ABC Radio: 950 AM The line: Oregon by 36.
The setup: UW is reeling after two straight blowout defeats and now playing without injured QB Jake Locker, out for at least this week with a broken rib. All of that has UW a heavy underdog against an Oregon team ranked No. 1 in the country and needing to keep piling up impressive wins in its quest to play for the national title.
What to expect: UW hard to read given the events of the past few weeks, and having to give redshirt freshman Keith Price his first start at QB in place of Locker. UW hasn’t scored in a span of 97:50 dating to the second quarter of the Arizona game. Oregon is leading the nation in scoring at 54.9 per game and seems destined to put up a pile of points. Main question seems to be if UW can at least make the Ducks put up a little sweat.
Notes: Oregon has won a school-record six in a against the Huskies, all by 20 points or more, and scoring 55, 44 and 43 in the last three. Oregon won 43-19 last year in Seattle, taking a 36-6 lead at the end of three quarters and then cruising to the win. … UW’s last trip to Autzen was a 44-10 loss to begin the 2008 season. … It’s the first time UW has faced the No. 1 team since a 27-24 loss to USC in 2007 in Seattle. … The broadcast team features an interesting twist with former UW QB Brock Huard and former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti providing the color for play-by-play man Carter Blackburn. … Not only has UW not scored in the last 97:50 but it also hasn’t gotten inside the red zone in that time. In 17 possessions since then, UW has not gotten past the opponent 25-yard-line, nor gained more than 45 yards. …
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), P Will Mahan (knee) each out for the season; DE Talia Crichton (knee) out 2-3 weeks; QB Jake Locker (broken rib) out this week; WR Jordan Polk (concussion) out; RB Johri Fogerson (hip) out this week; DL Cameron Elisara (shoulder) out; TE Chris Izbicki (foot) probable.
Oregon — CB Anthony Gildon (ankle), RB Kenjon Barner (concussion) probable.
Upset possibility: Not much, according to the oddmakers — the spread is the largest against UW since it was 45-point underdogs at USC in 2008 and one of the biggest in school history. Given the play of each team the past two weeks, it’s hard to envision.
Key matchup: The game is a matchup of the No. 3 rushing offense in the country — Oregon at 208.75 — against the No. 114 rushing defense — UW, at 212.13. Oregon figures to need only to exploit that to turn the game into a rout. For UW to have any chance, it must show much improvement against the run.

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