I was tempted to make the last key to this rivalry game something like "Unleash Oregon's Offensive Hounds." It is fun to watch De'Anthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner, Colt Lyerla and Marcus Mariota do their thing in the end zone.
However, the bottom line is that the Ducks' offensive stars will have their nifty plays and will score their touchdowns. This Oregon team is not Stanford, and the Huskies will not be able to shut down this offense. They don't need us to tell them they are a key to winning.
This game may hinge on the Ducks' defense continuing their strong, cohesive play. Can you expect Oregon's defense to score in every game?
Yes, you can and should expect it.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Terrance Mitchell, Troy Hill, Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson are all capable DBs who are very good at reading opposing quarterbacks. You should expect each of them to have at least one "pick-six" this season.
The Oregon linebackers are experienced and tough (one might even say mean). If they continue to be disciplined and hard-hitting, who knows what they might force?
And, if I were a quarterback, I would make darn sure I always knew precisely where Dion Jordan was.
If the Ducks' defense continues the level of play it's exhibited through the first five games, Washington is toast.