Dawgman.com Predictions: Oregon Ducks

The Washington Huskies (3-2, 1-1) head back to Seattle after a big road win over USC to face their Northwest nemesis, the Oregon Ducks (3-3, 1-2). What do the Dawgman guys think of this game? It's looking like a clean sweep.

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (3-2):

The gauntlet continues.  A tough loss to California, a thrilling win at USC, and now Oregon here at home.  The term I see used a lot this week by Husky fans is cautiously optimistic.  Oregon still has a lot of good players. For me the key will be keeping their offense off the field.  That said we need to be able to run the ball with regularity.  Which we started to show against USC.  Especially in the second half.  They are slightly more efficient team than us.  They definitely can score.  Now on the other hand our defense is really showing its toughness as the season progresses.  I don't think Oregon will be able to run inside like USC did.  I also believe we are pretty good outside and ought to be able to contain Freeman out there. Key words - ought to.  I like our chances.  This may be the best opportunity in a long time to break the streak.  So with a hearty woof woof...

Prediction: Washington 33-30

Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (2-3):

The Husky defense, which ranks first in the PAC-12, has a tough task this weekend. The 3-3 Ducks still have a dangerous offense. If Vernon Adams is ready to roll, that offense becomes lethal. Missing Azeem Victor for the first half will hurt the Huskies a lot. Expect the Ducks to feed Royce Freeman early and often. The Duck defense has struggled a lot this year, especially against the pass. It’s up to true freshman quarterback Jake Browning to rise to the occasion and take advantage of a tumultuous Oregon secondary. This game will be exciting. The Huskies are favored for the first time since 2003, and the fans are well aware of that. Saturday night will be loud. Royce Freeman will make an impact, but he defense shows up big for their home crowd. Myles Gaskin finds more success running the ball. Jake Browning steps up like the cool customer he is. This will be exciting for all 60 minutes.

Prediction: Washington 34-31

Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (4-1):

Full disclosure, I will never, ever, pick the Ducks to beat the Huskies in anything, ever. So every year I've been on this panel I've selected the Dawgs to win purely out of want and need and hope. But this year is different, I'm picking them out of belief in a coach and a program headed in the right direction. Belief in a defense that leads the Pac-12 and an offense that's maturing with every snap. Browning finally hits one deep, Gaskin runs wild, the D comes up with a stadium rocking pick-six and Husky fans party like it's 1991.

Prediction: Washington 31-23

Chris Fetters - Editor (3-2):

I wasn't close with my USC prediction, and that's mostly due to the defense the Huskies were able to utilize against the Trojans, as well as their ability to put an immediate imprint on the game with two picks in USC's first three possessions. That set the tone. With a basically sold-out Husky Stadium as their backdrop, Washington is a favorite for the first time in 11 years. It all seems to point to the end of a pretty horrific run of football against the Ducks, but it won't be easy. Oregon will still score their points via Royce Freeman and Taj Griffin, but their defense is so bad the Huskies will put points on the board. It may be a bit of a slog, especially if the weather shows up as expected - but Washington will get that series win that they so desperately crave.

Prediction: Washington 20-16

Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (3-2):

Is this the year that Washington finally gets it done against Oregon? The Ducks have won 11 straight games in the series, but this year it looks like could be Washington's best chance to date to finally get back in the win column against their hated rivals from the south. The key, at least in the first half, will be holding up against the run while Azeem Victor sits out his suspension that carried over from the USC game. If things are close at halftime, say within a touchdown, the Huskies will likely come away victorious. However, if things get away from them early I don't see them being able to come back. I'm going to go against my head and say I think the Huskies finally get their win, but it will be a nail biter.

Prediction: Washington 34-30

Kim Grinolds - CEO (3-2):

Against Utah State I said we saw a star born before our eyes in Jake Browning. He's strugged a bit since. Look for him to confirm that stardom and the defense to come up big.

Prediction: Washington 31-28

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