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Washington is not a bad team, but Oregon is a really, really good team.
This one is at home for the Ducks, and it looks like it's going to take a team with a heap of offensive talent (ahem, USC) to knock off Oregon, especially in Autzen Stadium.
Washington's defense should keep it around a little longer than Washington State hung around last week, and if they can get their offense going (something they've failed to do with regularity this season, hitting triple digits with their rankings for total offense (107) and rushing offense (104), and just missing with passing offense (98)), this game could be closer than most experts think.
This should be an easier defense to move the ball on than Stanford, if for no other reason than Oregon's fast-paced offense is going to give them plenty of opportunities to do so.
Keith Price is the x-factor here.
We know what he's capable of after seeing him match RG3 in their bowl game last year, and if he can bring a performance like that, the Huskies might just have enough defense to pull off the upset.
What do I say about Oregon?
Chip Kelly has had a wonderful system with elite athletes for the past few years. He has gone from Dennis Dixon, to Darron Thomas to Marcus Mariota, with almost seamless results.
He's able to do this because he has surrounded his quarterback with options.
Not only does the offensive scheme present options, but the talent around the quarterback presents options. Kenjon Barner is a stud in the backfield, and Heisman candidate DeAnthony Thomas might be the most electric player to step on a football field since...ever.
Normally, starting a freshman quarterback would be cause for concern, especially against a pretty good defense like Washington's, but the talent surrounding Mariota, plus the fact that this one is at home, makes it a non-factor.
Washington may keep it close, but Oregon wins this one.
Oregon 31 Washington 21