Oregon will host its rival to the north, as No. 5 Washington visits Eugene for a 4:30 p.m. PT tilt. The Ducks look to extend their current winning streak over the Huskies to lucky No. 13, but it’ll be no easy task against one of the nation’s top defenses.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s football action:
Week 6 — Oregon Ducks (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) vs. Washington Huskies (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 4:35 p.m. PT
Place: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Ore.)
Radio: 590AM (Eugene); 750AM/102.9FM (Portland)
Online Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
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Odds: Oregon (+9)
Kickoff Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 56°
Anyone else notice how these Webfoot unis look a little Husky-esque?? Hmm.
At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) — Uncertainty is all around the Oregon football team: there are rumblings of coach Mark Helfrich’s job security, questions surrounding Brady Hoke’s new defensive scheme, and now, there’s a quarterback battle going on between graduate transfer Dakota Prukop and true freshman Justin Herbert... Prukop has started all five games for the Ducks, throwing for a total of 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions. Herbert has made two appearances so far this season, throwing for 70 yards and rushing for a four-yard TD in the second half of last week’s 51-33 setback at Washington State... The Ducks will likely try to win on the ground this week, as they lead the Pac-12 in rushing offense with 263.4 yards per game, which is also good for 11th in the country.
- Washington Huskies (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) — UW leads the all-time series, 58-45-9, but Oregon holds a 15-11 advantage in Eugene. The Ducks have taken the past 12 against the Huskies, marking their longest current winning streak against any conference opponent... The Huskies look to not only snap that streak, but also extend one of their own: UW’s current eight-game winning streak, dating back to last season, is tied with Houston for third-longest in the nation... UW is coming off a statement win versus Stanford, in which the Huskies, ranked No. 10 at the time, pounded the Cardinal, ranked No. 7 at the time, 44-6... UW leads the nation in sacks (21), fumble recoveries (11), turnover margin (2.20 per game) and punt return defense (-2.33 ypr), and is second in pass efficiency (201.23).
- The Webfoot moniker dates back to 1894. The term was first used to describe Oregon football in a preview for the team’s final game of its inaugural season.
“The grounds will be somewhat muddy tomorrow, but that never stops an enthusiastic football player. In fact Webfoot boys would rather play on a muddy field than on one that is dry and solid.”
In Their Words
Below, you’ll find interviews from Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and offensive coordinator Matt Lubick, as well as a preview from Andy McNamara and Rob Mosley of GoDucks.com.
“That’s their great weapon right now is they create that pressure with that three/four-man rush,” coach Mark Helfrich said of the Huskies. “It’s not always the same four guys, but it turns into a four-man rush, and then keep that extra defender on the backend to help out. Those guys can really run — their linebackers, their secondary, those guys are playing at an extremely high level, not only on defense, but on special teams. They basically run the show on special teams. It’s a tremendous challenge.”
“(UW quarterback Jake Browning) has really improved across the board,” Helfrich continued. “I think he would say having (wide receiver) John Ross and the rest of those skill guys around him healthy is a big deal. That wasn’t always the case last year. Multiple receivers that give you issues, multiple tight ends that give you issues, multiple tailbacks that they can deploy. They’re loaded, and they’re playing with a ton of confidence right now.”
“Both quarterbacks have shown that they can handle making decisions,” offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said of graduate transfer Dakota Prukop and true freshman Justin Herbert, who have been battling for the quarterback position. “Our freshman wouldn’t be in the mix if we didn’t think he could handle it. We feel good about it, and we’re very confident in him. Every time he gets put in a similar situation against our guys, I know it’s different, he does well, along with Dakota.”
“For Oregon to have a shot at this one, they’re going to have to find a way to get pressure on (QB Jake Browning),” said Andy McNamara of GoDucks.com. “They’ve been without (linebacker) Troy Dye for stretches, they’ve been without (defensive lineman) Jalen Jelks, their two best pass-rushers at least in the early season. Something’s going to have to break for Oregon on the offensive liine if they’re going to have any chance at containing Browning and the Washington passing game, which also welcomes back (wide receiver) John Ross this year, who Oregon didn’t have to face last year because he suffered a season-long injury.”