By James Crepea | The Oregonian/OregonLive | Posted October 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM | Updated October 11, 2018 at 01:53 PM
No. 17 Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 7 Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12)
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Coaches: Mario Cristobal, first year (4-2 at Oregon, 31-49 overall); Chris Petersen, fifth year (42-18 at Washington, 134-30 overall)
Latest line: Washington by 3
On air: TV on ABC/ESPN2, radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene.
Live stream: Watch ESPN
What’s at stake: In just the sixth top 25 matchup in the heated border rivalry’s 111 meetings, the winner will be the presumptive leader in the Pac-12 North and likely the highest-ranked Pac-12 team next week. The loser’s chances of making the College Football Playoff are over. Washington could still win the division with a loss, but would need some help. Oregon can’t afford a loss and remain in the race in the North.
Oregon offense vs. Washington defense
The classic strength versus strength matchup, Oregon’s Pac-12 leading offense against Washington’s Pac-12 leading defense. Justin Herbert and Dillon Mitchell will lead the Ducks aerial attack against by far the toughest secondary they’ll face this season, featuring multiple All-Americans. Who the Huskies matchup against Mitchell will be one of the keys to the game.
Oregon’s offensive line has played like one of the best groups in the country thus far and enters the game with a clear advantage against a Washington front that has struggled mightily to rush the passer. If Herbert has time to read through progressions, that bodes well for Oregon regardless of Washington’s defensive backfield talent.
Washington’s Ben Burr-Kirven will be all over the field against both the run and pass.
Oregon has struggled inside the red zone offensively and Washington’s defense is capable of locking down with the short field to cover, so points can’t be left on the field if the Ducks are going to pull the upset.