November 5, 2011

Expert scores: UO-UW

The 7-1 Oregon Ducks are on a roll, undefeated since their season-opener on the road against LSU. Washington wants to put a halt to all that. At 6-2 and enough votes for No. 28 in the coaches' poll, the Huskies are undefeated at home and do not want that to end against northwest rival Oregon.

Duck Sports Authority's panel of experts takes a look at the game and offers their score predictions, with the composite prediction at the end.

Scott Reed Ducks39 Oregon 48 - Washington 34

Because the Huskies have been unable to stop most people this season, expect the Ducks to be able to score early and get out to an early lead. The return of LaMichael James to the backfield will allow De'Anthony Thomas to play in the slot receiver position and ensure that the Huskies cannot simply load the box and play "0" coverage. The Huskies have been unable to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks and, because of their size and lack of depth, become more susceptible to mobile quarterbacks later in the game. The Huskies will score some points in this game. But it will really come down to which defense will get a couple of extra stops. The Huskies will stay close for a while, but much like last season, their lack of depth will begin to show as the game wears on. Close early, but like last season, Ducks pull away.

Brent Zook ZookDuck69 Ducks 48 Huskies 38

The Huskies will come in to Saturday's game full of emotion and loud confidence as they try to solidify their return to prominence in the Pac-12. The Ducks however may be thanking the Cougars for waking the giant and getting the two-time defending champions to refocus for their stretch run when all is said and done. Expect the Ducks to struggle mightily while they try to establish the run against the stout Husky run D which will call for the Duck's struggling WR core to make plays to keep the offense humming. I see a big game for De'Anthony Thomas as Washington focuses on stopping James and Barner. On defense the Ducks will do there best to stop RB Chris Polk and make Keith Price beat them through the air. The strategy will give up some big plays and keep the Huskies and the crowd in the game until late in the fourth quarter before the Ducks seal the victory. This game will not be one for the faint of heart Duck fan but I am confident the Ducks pull out the W.

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