If this were being written 20 years ago, it would have a whole different tone to it. From 1974 to 1993, the Washington Huskies went 17-3 against the Oregon Ducks. In 1994, the Huskies were just three years removed from sharing a national championship with the Miami Hurricanes.
Then the 1994 matchup with the Ducks happened. Oregon cornerback Kenny Wheaton cut in front of a pass into the flat by Washington quarterback Damon Huard near the Oregon goal line and raced 97 yards for the most famous play in Oregon football history. "The Pick" is widely regarded as the key turning point in the path of the Oregon football program.
The Ducks went on to win the Pac-10 title and reached their first Rose Bowl since the 1958 season. The Huskies remained in the national conversation for a handful of years, even winning the 2001 Rose Bowl to finish third in the BCS rankings. But since the dramatic win in 1994, the Ducks have won 14-of-18 matchups with the Huskies.
Aside from the 2000 Pac-10 Championship, the Huskies have been mostly mired in mediocrity since the turn of the century, with the exception of their disastrous 0-12 season in 2008.
What matters is that the Ducks have dominated the series of late. Oregon has beaten the Huskies nine consecutive times by an average score of 43-17.
But you can throw out the history for this game because there has been a rebirth of the once-proud Husky program. Like it or not, the Huskies seem as if they are finally ready to get over the hump. On Saturday afternoon, we'll know for sure.
The Huskies lost a heartbreaker at Stanford last week and need to beat the Ducks to stay in the Pac-12 North race.
Here's everything you need to know
What: Oregon Ducks at Washington Huskies
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Spread: According to VegasInsider.com, the Ducks are favored by 14.5 points.