The rival malamutes from the North travel to Autzen in a must win situation for the Ducks if they want to hang around in the division race.
2018 Record: 5-1 (3-0)
Key Numbers + Info (2018 season)
OOC Opponents: Auburn, North Dakota, BYU
Points per game: 29.2
Points allowed per game: 13.7
Avg. yards per rush: 4.3
Avg. yards per rush allowed: 3.9
Avg. rush yards per game: 170.7
Avg. rush yards per game allowed: 129.8
Rushing TDs: 12 for, 6 against
Avg. pass yards per game: 272.0
Avg. pass yards per game allowed: 174.7
Passing TDs: 10 for, 3 against
Collective Pass Completion Rate: 68%
Collective Pass Completion Rate Against: 64%
Leading Rusher: Myles Gaskin (124 carries for 554 yards and 5 TDs)
Leading Receiver: Aaron Fuller (35 receptions for 574 yards and 2 TDs)
Leading Tackler: Ben Burr-Kirven (74 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss)
Leader in Sacks: Taylor Rapp (4.0)
- The Huskies have a 57 to 43 run to pass differential on the season. They have rushed 239 times to 175 pass attempts. This could be due to trying to protect former QB Jake Browning from himself and having a star RB. Comparatively speaking, opponents have a much more balanced 51 to 49 run to pass ratio.
- Washington has outgained their opponents 2,656 to 1,827 but have been struggling on offense and stout defensively, outscoring opponents 175 to 82.
- 45 is their highest point total scored in a win over North Dakota. 16 is the lowest they have scored in a loss to Auburn.
Key prospects to watch
1. Greg Gaines 6’1 332 DT / NT RS Senior
- The next man up in the Huskies’ recent trend of standout interior defensive linemen. He’s a classic space eating type of 3-4 nose tackle. A monster in the middle when rushing the passer. Lack of athleticism like his predecessors will hurt his stock a bit. Vita Vea who?
2. Myles Gaskin 5’9 191 RB Senior
- Gaskin has been a mainstay for the Huskies’ running game for three years now. He broke out as a true freshman and hardly left the scene. Undersized runner that excels catching passes out of the backfield. Football IQ is above average. Knows how to work angles and cutback lanes to his benefit. Tree trunk legs. Plus speed and lateral agility.
3. Myles Bryant 5’8 180 CB Junior
- Washington’s other Myles is no slouch, himself. Size wise, he compares to the Rams’ standout cornerback Lamarcus Joyner. He plays a lot bigger than what he’s listed at. Due to size, he won’t be CB1 but will still play a bit as the third cornerback at the next level. Lateral agility is a plus and instincts are as well. Popped off the screen when I was watching Washington stuff from the past season. Versatile athlete with great speed. Should test well at the Combine and Pro Day next year if he chooses to declare early.
4. Taylor Rapp 6’0 212 S Junior
- One of the better safety prospects in the entire class. Think former Arizona safety Dane Cruikshank with a tad less athleticism. He’s seriously talented. Washington’s leading sacker.
Keys to an Oregon win
- Offensive line. The line has been a lot better than expected than coming into the 2018 season. They need to continue the positive play against a front seven that is as talented as the huskies’ are. The offensive staff needs to dedicate resources to find out where standout LB Ben Burr-Kirven is at all times as he’s the leading tackler by a comfortable margin. The interior OL will have their hands full with Greg Gaines.
- Auburn. The Ducks defense needs to copy the Tigers’ game plan from the opener where they rendered the washington’s offensive line useless and had QB Jake Browning rattled. I believe Fat Mac will be the key to that effort as Auburn’s Derrick Brown helped cave in the OL to free up his edge teammates. Fortunately, Oregon has a solid set of pass rushers.
- Matchups. OC Marcus Arroyo will have to scheme the receivers open pretty heavily as the Ducks are up against one of the most talented secondaries in the nation. In short, he will have to call the best game of his short career to give the Ducks a chance on offense.
Keys to an Oregon loss
- Front Seven. If the one that was abjectly horrendous against Cal’s seemingly infinite inside run plays shows up, the Ducks are in for a long day. Let’s hope the bye week was spent on stopping the run as the malamutes are a team that is content to play a run the ball and defense style like Stanford.
- Offense. More specifically, the receivers don’t do anything against a talented secondary. A total collapse by everyone on offense including 2018 QB1 Justin Herbert. The screen game will be huge against an athletically limited linebacker corps.
What are the odds?
The WestGate Superbook has Washington as 3 point favorites. O/U is set at 58. The money line is Washington -150 Oregon +130
William Hill has Washington as 3 point favorites. O/U is set at 57.5 The money line is Washington -160 Oregon +140