The Oregon Ducks are looking to win their second consecutive game as they face the Washington Huskies, who are also 5-1 but still haven’t reached the top 25.
No. 9 Oregon redeemed themselves with a 42-30 victory over UCLA, who was ranked No. 18 at the time. The Ducks improved to 5-1 and put themselves back into national title contention.
The Ducks held a 42-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Bruins scored 20 garbage-time points on them. Quarterback Marcus Mariota performed well as he threw for 210 yards and two touchdown passes on 17-of-27 passing. He also added 75 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
Running back Royce Freeman led the Ducks in rushing with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Tight end Pharaoh Brown caught five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
However, the Ducks’ run defense looked extremely vulnerable as they allowed the Bruins to run for 328 total rushing yards.
They will look to improve to 6-1 as they face Washington, who blew out Cal on the road, 31-7, to improve to 5-1. The Huskies received a stellar performance from quarterback Cyler Miles, who threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing.
The Huskies defense performed well against Cal, but the Oregon offense will give them their biggest test of the season. Their lackluster pass offense will get them into trouble as well since they will likely need to play catch-up.
Prediction: Oregon 35, Washington 20