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Prognostication Station: Oregon vs No. 12 Washington, Pac-12 Picks

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Ducks head to Seattle for a rematch with their rivals

UCLA v Washington Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

After a much-needed victory against Utah last weekend, the Ducks had zero time to celebrate as Washington awaits them in Seattle. Currently, Oregon sits at 5-4 and is one win away from qualifying for a bowl game.

Welcome back for ATQ’s series Prognostication Station! Each week of the Pac-12 season, I will take a look back at my preseason projections and make a few new ones for the week ahead. Let’s break down the first full slate of games on the Pac-12 calendar:

PAC-12 PICKS (22-10 OVERALL, 4-1 LAST WEEK)

Comment: Coincidently, it was ASU QB Manny Wilkins preventing me from perfection last week

UCLA vs Utah (FRIDAY)

Rosen and Huntley provide a spark after L’s last week, but Utah’s defense will slow Bruin O

Final Score: Utah 24, UCLA 20

No. 21 Stanford vs No. 25 Washington State

The question is Love or no Love? If he plays, Stanford squeaks out win. Falk leads W if Love sits

Final Score: Stanford 30, WSU 28 (With Love) WSU 34, Stanford 13 (Without Love)

Oregon State vs California

Bowers should lead Cal past worst team in Pac-12, keeping the Beavers winless in conference

Final Score: Cal 41, OSU 20

Colorado vs Arizona State

Sun Devils looked awful vs USC and Wilkins could be outplayed by Buffs QB Steven Montez

Final Score: ASU 34, Colorado 33

No. 22 Arizona vs No. 17 USC

The Cats have been on fire in the running game, but that comes to screeching halt in SoCal

Final Score: USC 45, Arizona 24

Oregon v Stanford
Bryce Love’s status could dictate the outcome of the Pac-12 Conference standings. With the Heisman frontrunner, Stanford has been on a roll. Without their star, the Cardinal were lucky to escape with a narrow win against the worst team in the Pac-12. It is a tale of two teams.
Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

OREGON BYE WEEK PREDICTIONS

No. 9 Washington vs Stanford

On a short week vs an upset Cardinal team that lost in WSU, Stanford knocks off UW with Love

Final Score: Stanford 27, Washington 24

No. 11 USC vs Colorado

The Trojans start to gain momentum with second straight road W, but Montez keeps Buffs close

Final Score: USC 34, Colorado 27

No. 19 Washington State vs Utah

Cougars not great on the road, Utes poor at home, WSU and Leach escape under Falk’s heroics

Final Score: WSU 21, Utah 17

Arizona State vs UCLA

The Bruins continue to head in wrong direction after Manny Wilkins exploits their defense

Final Score: ASU 38, UCLA 31

Oregon State vs Arizona

Wildcats are overlooking nobody, as they take care of Beavers for win No. 7 before Duck meeting

Final Score: Arizona 45, Oregon State 19

PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

Comment: It should be an interesting week, but my prediction is predicated around Oregon’s QB

@Washington (5-4)

Last week, the reverse psychology worked to perfection to get us back on the track. As for this game and my preseason projection, it’s based around Oregon’s quarterback situation. If Herbert plays, I’m riding with my preseason projection of an upset win in Washington. However, if he sits my projections flips to a loss. Giddy up.

WITH HERBERT: Last season, Justin Herbert made his first collegiate start against the No. 5 Huskies from Autzen. I refuse to rewrite the score from last years debacle, but it should be a completely different feel in a rainy, chilly environment. Not to mention, the Ducks have their eyes wide open after the worst loss in most of their individual lives. If Herbert somehow returns, don’t expect him to let loose out the gates. Coach Taggart doesn’t want his QB taking unnecessary hits in his return. His presence alone earns respect from the defense, thus elevating the status of the running game. Royce Freeman completes his final trip to Seattle with over 100 rushing yards and two scores vs the No. 2 ranked defense and run defense in the land. Charles Nelson tallies 150 total yards with Herbert taking snaps. He’ll catch a season-high 11 balls for 99 yards, including 51 rushing yards. Jacob Breeland will continue his solid production with six catches for 67 yards and a score. Herbert concludes with 223 passing yards, two scores and a victory vs the No. 8 ranked passing D. Aidan Schneider drills two field goals and three extra points. Troy Dye once again leads the defense with a team-high 12 tackles, 3 TFL and a sack. Thomas Graham Jr. snags an interception in the Huskies’ first home loss of the 2017 season. Final Score: Oregon 27, Washington 24

WITHOUT HERBERT: The running game will struggle to get started under Braxton Burmeister, thus forcing him to throw the ball. Washington will take advantage, forcing four turnovers. Yet, the Duck defense will keep Jake Browning in check and the score will stay somewhat low. Final Score: Washington 28, Oregon 19

The Ducks (5-4, 2-4) head to Seattle this weekend for a rematch against No. 12 Washington (7-1, 4-1). Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. PT on Saturday from Husky Stadium via FS1.

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