10/12/2013 10:03 AM
We get started early with the picks from the experts!
No. 2 Oregon Ducks at No. 16 Washington Huskies
Saturday at 4 p.m. ET
The Ducks have won an amazing nine straight games in this series by an average score of 43-18, with their closest win coming by 17 points. They also have won 17 straight Pac-12 road games, and if one is looking to put a friendly wager on a game, have covered 12 of their past 13 overall.
This year, the undefeated Ducks have outscored their foes by 47 points per game while outgaining them by 299 yards per game. Not only is quarterback Marcus Mariota averaging 12 yards per carry with seven touchdowns, but he also has a perfect 14-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The defense, while yet to be tested, is allowing 10 points per game fewer than last year. But the big question for the Ducks in this one will be whether running back De'Anthony Thomas will play after sitting out the past couple of weeks with an ankle injury.
The Huskies also have been very impressive this year, outgaining their foes by 269 yards per game. (Even in a 31-28 loss to Stanford last week, they still outgained the Cardinal 489-279.) It is amazing to see what a healthy, experienced offensive line can do for a quarterback: After struggling last year (sacked 38 times), Keith Price is one of the most improved QBs in the country, completing 71 percent of his passes with an 11-3 TD-INT ratio -- though he did get sacked five times last week.
Newly renovated Husky Stadium should be rocking for "College GameDay," but look for Oregon with or without Thomas to get its 10th straight win in the series.
Pick: Oregon 37, Washington 24