1. Oregon Ducks
Rank: 12 | Opponent: 25 Washington State Cougars | Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Justin Herbert and the Oregon Ducks have to be kicking themselves for what transpired a few weeks ago against the Stanford Cardinal. They were in complete control of that game for almost the entirety of it. However, they let their foot off the gas at the end of regulation and then made mistakes when they absolutely couldn’t do so, ultimately costing them the win and giving them their lone loss of the season.
Had it not been for that defeat, we might be talking about Oregon as a potential College Football Playoff team. That, of course, comes on the heels of their big upset win over Washington last week, another game that went into overtime, but this time with a much more favorable finish for the Ducks. Though the Pac-12 has been lackluster for the most part this season, though, the Ducks will now face another conference test, this time going on the road.
Though it’s not mentioned often in terms of the greatest home-field advantages, Pullman is a tough place to play the Washington State Cougars. Those fans are rowdy and truly do give their Cougars an edge in that building. And, to make things harder for Oregon, this Washington State team is as good as any to come through Pullman in recent years.
Mike Leach’s team is always a threat offensively and, with one loss on the year, they’ve had success with it to this point. Subsequently, this appears to be a game heading for a shootout on Saturday evening, which means that anything could happen. With that and the slip-ups we’ve seen Oregon already have, Washington State should have a chance to pull off an upset in this one.