Oregon vs. Washington prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen between the Ducks and Huskies.
The Oregon Ducks-Washington Huskies rivalry will go another round this weekend. The meeting will be the 108th all-time between the two teams. The Huskies hold a 58-45-8 lead in the all-time series, however the Ducks are riding a 12-game winning streak over their rival. Washington hasn’t won in Eugene since the 2002 season, where Oregon holds a 15-11 advantage.
Mark Helfrich is the coach with the hottest seat that no one seems to be talking about. And now he’s throwing Dakota Prukop under the bus and inserting freshman Justin Herbert at quarterback. Fine, because he’s probably going to hand it off to Royce Freeman about 25 times anyway. Who knows what changes Helfrich will make after Oregon loses its fourth game at the hands of Washington, which showed how head-and-shoulders above the Pac-12 it really is with its domination of Stanford. Look for Jake Browning to have another big game as the Huskies roll.
If the season ended today, would Jake Browning be in New York for the Heisman ceremony? The guy has 17 touchdowns, only two interceptions and is completing more than 70% of his passes.
Oregon is ranked in the bottom third of the Pac-12 when it comes to pass defense, while Washington is No. 2 in the conference. Browning will feast, the Huskies – ranked first in the conference for sacks – will pin their ears back and feast on the fresh meat at quarterback, and by game’s end Browning will be a top-three candidate for the Heisman. There will be no Kenny Wheaton moments in this one; Washington takes it easily.
So, the move has been made. Quarterback Dakota Prukop has been pulled in favor of true freshman Justin Herbert. Well, it’s a bold move, Mark Helfrich, let’s see how it works out for you. I’ll never be the guy to argue that experience should keep someone from playing. I think, regardless of whether it was Prukop or Herbert playing, Washington will eat Oregon alive. The Huskies are animals on defense. With Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria swarming to the ball, those guys make me want to strap the pads back on, fly around the field and go pop someone in the mouth. I love everything about this Washington defense, and Jake Browning has been the culprit for my jaw having hit the ground the last few weeks. As a sophomore quarterback, he has taken some giant leaps forward. The Huskies win easily.
I sat down with my crippled foot at my friends’ apartment on Friday night, excited to watch the Stanford-Washington game. An hour later and we were switching between old episodes of Friends and the Cubs game. This Washington team is for real, and they will go out and prove it once again against an Oregon side that gives me about as much confidence as me performing open heart surgery. Note to Mark Helfrich: when your team is holding a players-only meeting this early in the season, that isn’t a great sign for their confidence in you.