1. Washington Huskies
Rank: 7 | Opponent: 17 Oregon Ducks | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
As many have likely heard me say numerous times, you can never count anything out in a rivalry game. The competitiveness of either team in a given season can be thrown out of the window as the rivalry stands separate from that. However, when you have two quality teams facing off in such a matchup, it can often be anyone’s guess as to what’s going to transpire.
That is indeed the case that we’re presented with as the Washington Huskies, ranked seventh in the latest AP poll, head to Autzen Stadium to face the No. 17 Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon. Not only is there years of animosity from the rivalry that will come into play, but this is also largely for firm control of the Pac-12 at large in the 2018 season.
Since losing their season-opener to the Auburn Tigers, Washington has done as a good team should, winning every game since. However, they’ve been less than impressive on multiple occasions, with a pair of seven-point wins over Arizona State and UCLA, two teams that they should’ve ran away from if they are as quality as their ranking would have you believe.
While we’ve seen Oregon fall flat down the stretch against Stanford to earn their lone loss of the season, they just appear to be the much more explosive and high-upside team in this rivalry matchup. With Justin Herbert and this high-octane offense, they have the talent to legitimately just overwhelm the Huskies in this game, especially with the home crowd behind them.