It’s time for the yearly showdown between two Northwest rivals of the Pac-12. The Huskies have not beaten the Ducks since 2003 and the Oregon faithful love it. This week, the twitter hashtag #LastTimeUWbeatUO has been full force with Duck fans ripping the Huskies for their nine-game losing streak. Slowly but surely, however, Washington has begun to establish itself as a top tier team in the Pac-12 and are anticipated to give Oregon their first true test of the year this weekend.
How did the Huskies finally reach a state of respectability? By taking a page out of the Duck playbook – in every sense of the word. The Huskies have an eerily-similar, fast-paced attack with personnel equal to the Ducks on offense. Just like Oregon, Washington prefers to run (52 attempts/game) than throw (33 attempts/game), putting the ball in the hands of their best player, Bishop Sankey, who leads the Pac-12 in rushing and ranks fourth in the FBS with 732 yards. Their quick-paced offense averages 85 plays on offense, which is actually eight more per game than the Ducks. Lastly, Washington will sport their new fancy uniforms this weekend against the Ducks, in an attempt to match their flashiness.
The Ducks will be playing a mirror image of themselves on Saturday. The Huskies offense is potent and respectable, especially after putting up 28 points against a top-notch Stanford defense. The Ducks defense should not fret – they face this type of offense every week in practice – so they are acclimated to the fast-paced offense Washington will attempt to push.
The Huskies have followed the Ducks’ footsteps, but will they be able to surpass them at their own game and finally break their nine-game losing streak? These questions will be answered on Saturday.