Here is the preview box that will run in the Saturday paper on the Washington-Oregon game, with nuts and bolts info on the contest:
Time: 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at Autzen Stadium.
TV: ESPN. Radio: KJR-AM 950-AM, 102.9-FM.
The line: Oregon by 24.
The setup: The Huskies hope to turn the tables on one of their most bitter rivals as Oregon has won the last eight in a row in the series, all by 17 or more. But the Ducks, ranked No. 2 in the nation and 5-0, again are heavy favorites. The Huskies, though, come in with added confidence after a 17-13 win over No. 8-ranked Stanford a week ago Thursday at CenturyLink Field.
Key matchup: Washington’s front seven vs. Oregon’s running game. The Huskies won the Stanford game largely on the strength of a revived defense that held the Cardinal to 65 yards rushing. Oregon leads the Pac-12 in rushing at 303 yards per game out of its spread offense in which deception is often as big of an obstacle as physicality. UW’s line will have to get a push while its linebackers stay disciplined and make sure tackles.
What to expect: While the Huskies shut down Stanford last week, Oregon presents a tougher and different challenge with its offense — the Ducks will be the fastest team UW has faced. Oregon has scored at least 31 points in every home game it has played since Chip Kelly became coach prior to the 2009 season. Assuming that form holds, the onus will be on the UW offense to keep up. Expect the Huskies to take some shots downfield against an Oregon secondary that has at times proven vulnerable.
Notes: Despite Oregon’s recent dominance, UW leads the series 58-41-5. Oregon, though, has won 13 of the last 17 dating to a 1994 win in the “Kenny Wheaton game” in Eugene, a 31-20 Duck victory that many cite as the beginning of Oregon’s rise. Wheaton sealed the win with a last-minute interception return for a touchdown. … This is the first of UW’s games this year against its Northwest rivals (Oregon, Oregon State, WSU). UW is 183-106-15 in those games all-time. UW coach Steve Sarkisian, though, is 0-3 against Oregon and 4-5 against the Northwest (1-2 against OSU and 3-0 against WSU). … UW has not won in Eugene since a 42-14 win in 2002. … UW hasn’t beaten a team ranked No. 2 or higher since … Washington has only one player on its roster from Oregon — offensive lineman James Atoe of The Dalles. Oregon has just two from the state of Washington — OL Nick Cody of Brush Prairie and DL Nick Morrison of Everett (Cascade). … The game will be telecast on ESPN with the announcing team of Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Lewis Johnson. …
Upset brewing? The point makes it clear that the odds are against UW winning a game against a top 10 foe for the second straight week —- the road, and Oregon’s offensive firepower will be hard to overcome. UW needs its defense to match what it did last week as well as forcing a few turnovers, and for its offense to make some players earlier than the second half to keep it close. UW needs to stay within striking distance into the fourth quarter to put pressure on an Oregon team thinking national title.
Injuries: Neither school officially releases injuries. But among those known out for UW are RB Jesse Callier (knee), DE Hau’oli Jamora (knee), RB Deontae Cooper (knee), WR James Johnson (wrist), OL Erik Kohler (knee), OL Colin Tanigawa (knee) and DL Lawrence Lagafuaina (leg). OT Ben Riva, who has been out since breaking a forearm against San Diego State, was listed again on the depth chart this week and could be back. For Oregon, weakside linebacker Michael Clay has been regarded as questionable due to an undisclosed injury that limited his play last week against Washington State. (And as some have noted, starting safety John Boyett (knee) and OT Carson York (knee) are out for the season with injuries suffered earlier in the year.)