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No. 12 Washington Goes For 2 Straight Over Rival Oregon

The Associated Press

Oregon (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) at No. 12 Washington (7-1, 4-1, CFP No. 12), Saturday, 10 p.m. (FS1)

Line: Washington by 17 ½.

Series record: Washington leads 59-45-5.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

It was maybe the most important victory of Chris Petersen’s tenure at Washington when the Huskies snapped a 12-game losing streak to Oregon with a 70-21 blowout of the Ducks last year in Eugene. The Huskies could use another impressive performance to try and improve standing in the College Football Playoff rankings. Oregon may be getting quarterback Justin Herbert back and would love nothing more than to spoil the Huskies’ plans.

KEY MATCHUP

Royce Freeman and the Oregon running backs vs. Keishawn Bierria and the Washington linebackers. Because of the questions about who will start at quarterback, the Ducks need to get the run game established with Freeman, Kani Benoit and Tony Brooks-James. Bierria and Ben Burr-Kirven must be able to slow down the Ducks run game and make Oregon put the ball in the air to have a chance on offense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: Herbert and Braxton Burmeister. Herbert has been out since late September due to injury but has taken reps with the starting offense during open practice periods. His return would boost the Ducks passing game that has just two passing TDs in the four games started by Burmeister.

Washington: QB Jake Browning. Browning really didn’t do much last week against UCLA. He attempted a career-low 11 passes in the blowout victory over the Bruins while the Huskies rushed for 333 yards and five TDs. Browning had one of the best games of his career against the Ducks last season throwing for 304 yards and six TDs.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ducks have not lost in Seattle since 2002. … UCLA is the only team to score more than 20 points against Washington this season — the Bruins final TD came on a fumble return late in the fourth quarter. … Oregon has allowed 30 or more points in all four of its conference losses. … Washington has lost three offensive starters for the season to injuries: LT Trey Adams, WR Chico McClatcher, TE Hunter Bryant.
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AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.Twitter.com/AP_Top25

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