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First Look: WSU vs. Oregon

The availablity of Royce Freeman is a key factor in Oregon’s chances against Washington State. (Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)
The availablity of Royce Freeman is a key factor in Oregon’s chances against Washington State. (Chris Pietsch / Associated Press)

Here is staff writer Jacob Thorpe’s first look at Saturday’s game between Washington State and Oregon.

What is it: Oregon (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) heads in a northeasterly fashion to take on Washington State (1-2).

Where is it: Martin Stadium in Pullman. Head south on US-195 for about an hour and fifteen minutes, you can’t miss it.

When is it: Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Where can I watch it: The game will broadcast locally on Pac-12 Networks (Washington).

Who is favored: The Ducks, by a single, solitary point.

Why WSU will win: The Cougars are coming off a bye week, so they have had more time to prepare. Also, the Ducks do not look that great this year.

Why Oregon will win: Royce Freeman, if he plays, can still be the best player on the field. The Ducks remain the fastest team in the west.

What happened last time: Don’t you remember? The Cougars won 45-38 in double overtime at Autzen Stadium. It was a pretty big deal …

Three things to know:

1. The Ducks have been beset by injuries. Starting left tackle Tyrell Crosby and wide receiver Devon Allen are each out for the season, and that Freeman fellow is questionable for Saturday’s game.

2. Eastern fans should recognize UO quarterback Dakota Prukop, who played for Montana State before moving to Eugene after last season.

3. After forcing three turnovers against Boise State and another two against Idaho, WSU is plus-three in turnover margin, tied for fourth in the Pac-12, despite playing one fewer game than most teams.

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