The Rundown: Oregon vs. Washington State

This is the classic battle of a great team vs. a ridiculously awful team. For Oregon fans and coaches you just hope there are no serious injuries on Saturday. On the other side of the coin the Cougars just need to hope they compete better than everyone Oregon has played so far this season, otherwise this game will turn into blow out city.

The word "inept" is probably the best term anyone could use to describe Washington State Football in recent years. From the 2005 season until now the Cougars have a Pac-10 record of 9 wins and 37 losses over that span of time. Their last Pac-10 win was against the Washington Huskies in 2008. If you were to overlook their wins against an equally inept Husky squad their last Pac-10 win against a school not located in the state of Washington was November 10th, 2007 against Stanford.

The Cougars lone win so far in the 2010 season was sealed by Nico Grassu as he kicked the game winning field goal with 2:13 left to beat FCS opponent Montana State 23-22. Against the three BCS conference teams they've played the losses have been by 48, 34, and 14. You could take it as the Cougars are improving if you go by these numbers alone. In any of the important stats WSU is near the bottom college football. Their defense is giving up an average of 42.8 points per game. Their opponent this week is scoring 56.6 points per game. Something has to give, right?

The Oregon Ducks are coming off of one of the most impressive wins in all of college football for the 2010 season, topping the #9 Stanford Cardinal 52-31. Unless you live under a rock or you just decided to start watching football this week you know the Ducks have been nothing short of amazing this season both on paper and on the field.

The Duck defense has surrendered a total of 7 points in the second half through five games. Their rushing attack is turning into a thing of legend grinding out 331 yards per game. The turnover margin has been well in their favor and quarterback Darron Thomas has done nothing but radiate in replacing former quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

This is a David vs. Goliath type matchup and looks like David will probably forget his sling at home.

Washington State Keys to Victory
Be the first team to contain LaMichael James, ever
Figure out a way to contain the newly running Darron Thomas
Zero turnovers on offense, force at least four turnovers on defense
Score 50+ points

Oregon Keys to Victory
Have an average performance
Protect the football
Use reserves early and often to limit injury

Prediction: Oregon 69, WAZZU 6


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