Oregon has dominated Washington in recent years, to say the least. For nine years running, the Huskies have yet to defeat the Ducks.
The average margin of victory for Oregon in those games is approximately 26 points per contest. As Oregon goes for its tenth straight victory over Washington – or an entire decade – Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian welcomes the opportunity to raise the expectation level and status of the program against the #2 Ducks.
“We feel like we have an opportunity to elevate ourselves into one of the elite teams in the country. We went toe-to-toe with a top-five team last week on the road, and now here comes the No. 2 ranked team who has gone to consecutive BCS bowls,” Sarkisian said, according to a report from Ryan Thorburn at the Eugene Register-Guard. “I think it will kind of cement where we are in the world of college football and how far we’ve come. And those real goals of winning a national championship are there for us.”
The last time #16 Washington beat Oregon was a 42-10 trouncing in Seattle in 2003.
“The rivalry thing is just something for show; I don’t feel like it’s a rivalry,” Ducks running back De’Anthony Thomas said.
As a resident of the Northwest, I can tell you that the rivalry is alive, well, and real. Washington fans and Oregon fans get their jabs in just like many other rivalries across the country. Although after a decade of being dominated, Husky fans could use a little more fuel for their fire – perhaps a victory this decade. Thomas is a bit young and a newer resident to the Northwest, so he gets a pass.
In the meantime, the rivalry continues to grow.