Washington State vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Washington State vs. Oregon fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington State (5-0) vs. Oregon (4-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Washington State got the win it needed to show the world it’s a legitimate contender for big things. But now it has to prove it can keep everything rolling away from the friendly confines of Pullman.
This is the first road game for the Cougars, ending the five-game home stretch with a bang of a win over USC. And even though the next several games are on the road – three of the next four – they’re not all that bad, having to go to Cal and Arizona after this trip to Autzen.
But Oregon now has to show it can roll on without rising-star quarterback Justin Herbert, who’s out with a broken collarbone.
The defense hasn’t been a rock, but it’s been okay. The offense has ramped it back up at a high level, carrying the team through a good first part of the season. But with road games at Stanford and UCLA up next, and with a date at Washington at the end of a run of three road games in four weeks, there can’t be a misfire against the Cougars.
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
Oregon is still trying to figure out its quarterback situation.
Taylor Alie is the marginally-talented fifth-year senior who’s the safe choice, and true freshman Braxton Burmeister is the one with the bigger upside. There’s a chance the Ducks go with both since they appear to be relatively even.
The Cougars don’t have any issues with their No. 2 passing offense. Luke Falk isn’t playing quite as well as UCLA’s Josh Rosen, but he’s not far off with 16 touchdowns and just two picks, playing exactly like the senior veteran who was supposed to be the steady leader of a dangerous attack.
He’s not going to be fazed in any way by deal with Autzen, or the pressure from the Duck defense. Two years ago, he hit Oregon for 505 yards and five yards in a 45-38 win in Eugene.
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
The defense might be able to pick up the slack for the quarterback situation – at least a little bit.
It’s not an air-tight defense by any stretch, but it can wreak havoc behind the line, coming up with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss against Cal last week.
Wazzu always makes sure it gets the ball out of its quarterbacks’ hands in a hurry, but Falk is a sitting duck, and he’ll take a beating.
The D had problems in the second half against Nebraska, and the secondary struggled against Arizona State, but for the most part, this group has been okay compared to last year.
It’ll stuff the run, it’ll get behind the line, and it’ll make Falk hurry.
What’s Going To Happen
Which Oregon team is going to show up? Is it the one that was rock-solid from the start against Cal, or the one that couldn’t seem to grab hold of the game against Arizona State?
The Duck ground attack will make up for the issues at quarterback, and the defense will hold serve just enough times against the Cougar offense to hang on late.
Call this the real start of the Willie Taggart era.
Washington State vs. Oregon Prediction
Oregon 38, Washington State 30
Washington State -2.5, o/u: 60.5
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