ESPN College GameDay Gives Love to Pac-12, Will Travel to Oregon vs. Washington

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 6, 2013

October 6, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) runs the ball against the Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
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College GameDay is in for a treat when it travels to newly renovated Husky Stadium for the Oregon-Washington game on Saturday. The game will kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET and be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.

The announcement was made via Twitter:

Once again, College GameDay made the right selection and should be spoiled with yet another contest that is highly entertaining.

While Oregon has breezed through much of the competition and looks like a legit national championship contender, this will be the Ducks' first true test of the season and first real road game (sorry, traveling to Virginia and Colorado doesn't count). Oregon will not only deal with a crowd of more than 70,000 people, but Washington actually has an offense that can match Oregon's speed.

It's the first time College GameDay is at Washington. Get excited!

Washington has switched to an up-tempo offense and it has paid dividends, as the Huskies are averaging 37.4 points per game. It's a balanced attack led by quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey, who remains a dark-horse Heisman candidate.

The team moves so fast offensively that it caught its own defense off guard during spring practice, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

"Everything is so fast," said Washington linebacker John Timu. "You can't even bend over and breathe."

Quick strikes and 100 combined points may be what the fans are hoping for, but these two Pac-12 North contenders are also holding their own defensively. Oregon is second in the country, allowing only 11.8 points per game, and Washington just finished holding a powerful Stanford offense to only 279 total yards.

These are two flashy teams that are capable of holding their own on either side of the ball.

But what were some of the other top games that College GameDay likely considered?

There is a big SEC matchup between Florida and LSU, but Lee Corso and company just did an LSU game when the team traveled to Georgia. There's another big game between Texas A&M and Ole Miss, but the Rebels have lost two straight and should be no match for Johnny Manziel. Oklahoma and Texas? Maybe a few years ago but the Longhorns are a shell of themselves lately.

Oregon and Washington match up well and should provide one of the best games of the season. Fasten your seat belt.