Scouting The Competition: Washington Huskies Bring Defense vs Oregon Ducks

Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies linebacker Connor O
Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies linebacker Connor O /

The Washington Huskies have a solid Offense and the best Defensive unit in the Pac-12 Conference.

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The Oregon Ducks may be down, but they are not out this season. There is still a lot to play for. A decent bowl game could lead to big things in 2017 despite three losses. It starts with Washington this weekend at Autzen Stadium. Oregon has owned Washington for twelve straight years and the Ducks may have to put together a near perfect game to make it thirteen.

The Huskies Defense is for real after dismantling Stanford last weekend. They have become a master at turning turnovers into points. They have done it 15 times for 52 points and currently hold an eight-game winning streak entering the contest with Oregon. Not only has the Defense picked off oppenents, but the front seven is loaded with talent. They took down Stanford last weekend eight times in the game.

Washington is putting up 45 points per game on average while allowing opponents a miniscule 12 points. Those numbers will have to change and can if the Oregon Ducks can get off the ball quickly and get points on the board. We know the team from Eugene can score points quickly. They must execute on Saturday evening.

This week in practice Freshman Quarterback Justin Herbert worked with the Ducks first team Offense as Coaches decided to ‘reset’ and start with some competition. Coaches are mum on who will start this week, but I expect that the Eugene Local could see his first career start against Washington.

I don’t even have to talk about the Oregon Defense this season. The new 4-3 scheme has had moments but will need to be ready against Washington. So far this season Oregon has given up more points than in 2015. One player that could make a big difference is Troy Dye, who should start on Saturday after missing a few games this season.

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Autzen Zoo will have Live Coverage starting at 3:30pm. The Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies renew their rivalry on Saturday at 4:30pm Pacific Time on FOX.