Huskies at Ducks
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. at Autzen Stadium, Eugene.
Records: Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12), Oregon (2-3, 0-2)
TV/Radio: Fox 28/107.1-FM
Overview: No. 5-ranked Washington leads the series 58-45-5 but they have a 12-year losing streak against the Ducks. All indications are that freshman quarterback Justin Herbert will make his first career start for Oregon in place of fifth-year senior Dakota Prukop. Herbert, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound Eugene native, saw his first action last week at Washington State, leading the Ducks to an 85-yard touchdown drive on their final series. He capped it with a 4-yard touchdown run. Oregon tailback Royce Freeeman is as complete of a running back as there is in college football, combining his considerable size (5-foot-11, 230 pounds) with excellent vision, strength and speed. He ranks 14th nationally with an average of 8.27 yards per carry, and his physical style will force the Huskies to tackle well, something they’ve been able to do pretty consistently so far this season. After they sacked Stanford’s quarterbacks eight times last week, the Huskies took the national lead with 21 sacks this season. Oregon’s offensive line features four redshirt freshmen, though the Ducks have done a decent job protecting the quarterback, allowing 10 sacks in five games.
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