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November 19, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Pre-game links and notes

Good morning from the state of Oregon where it’s its usual gray and cloudy (okay, admittedly, same as ours).

The Huskies flew down here yesterday in search of getting a bounceback win today that would help revive a season that seems to have lost some of its starch the last four weeks.

When UW was 5-1 and ranked, it felt like there was enthusiasm around the program that has been missing for years.

Now, after three losses in four games, it seems like there’s a little bit of “same old Huskies” feeling floating around. But an 8-4 record would be something UW hasn’t had since 2001, and regardless of how the road taken to get there would in itself represent progress.

So while there may not be much else at stake today, how this game will impact the end-of-season progress report feels like a lot.

Now, some links and at the bottom, the conference-only stat comparison. …

— Here’s my story previewing the game.

— Here’s the preview from GoHuskies.com.

— Here’s the preview from The Oregonian concluding that not that much is at stake.

— Here’s the entire Oregon State rundown from The Oregonian.

— The Eugene Register-Guard says expect a lot of Chris Polk (as do most Husky fans).

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller notes how last night’s upset may impact Oregon’s BCS chances.

— Finally, here’s the conference-only statistical comparison of the two teams:

SCORING OFFENSE
Washington 30.1 (fifth)
Oregon State 21.0 (10th)
SCORING DEFENSE
Oregon State 28.3 (7th)
Washington 33.0 (9th)
TOTAL OFFENSE
Washington 403.3 (6th)
Oregon State 369.2 (9th)
TOTAL DEFENSE
Oregon State 383.9 (4th)
Washington 413.4 (8th)
RUSHING OFFENSE
Washington 153.7 (6th)
Oregon State 76.3 (12th)

RUSHING DEFENSE
Washington 161.9 (7th)
Oregon State 182.3 (10th)
PASS OFFENSE
Oregon State 286.6 (4th)
Washington 249.6 (7th)
PASS DEFENSE
Oregon State 201.6 (2nd)
Washington 251.6 (5th)
PASS EFFICIENCY
Washington 149.9 (rating), (3rd)
Oregon State 122.4 (9th)
PASS DEFENSE EFFICIENCY
Washington 132.6 (6th)
Oregon State 137.1 (9th)
KICKOFF RETURNS
Washington 24.0 (2nd)
Oregon State 21.3 (7th)
PUNT RETURN AVG.
Oregon State 20.9 (1st0
Washington 6.1 (8th)
KICKOFF COVERAGE
Oregon State 45.2 (net yards) (3rd)
Washington 41.1 (9th)
SACKS BY
Oregon State 14 (7th)
Washington 11 (8th)
SACKS AGAINST
Oregon State 14 (tied 4th)
Washington 22 (11th)
3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS
Washington 48.4 (2nd)
Oregon State 37.1 (9th)
OPPONENT 3RD-DN CONVERSIONS
Oregon State 40.2 (6th)
Washington 45.7 (9th)

TURNOVER MARGIN
Washington minus-3 (8th)
Oregon State minus-4 (9th)

As is evident, UW has the edge in most of them, but not by a tight enough margin to indicate why the point spread is what it is. The most glaring advantage for UW is the one we talked about all week — rushing yards and rushing defense. The most obvious for OSU is its passing offense against UW’s passing defense. This time of year especially, you’d almost always rather be the better running team than the better passing team, which is why so many have picked UW to pull this one out. We’ll see in a few hours.

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