College GameDay heads up to the great northwest and the newly renovated Husky Stadium as the No. 16 Washington Huskies host the No. 2 Oregon Ducks.
This matchup has historically been one-sided, but that hasn't stopped it from being heated. Kenny Wheaton's pick-six in 1994 is still revered in Oregon lore, and it was the start of the shift in the balance of power in this rivalry.
Up until that point, the Huskies had dominated. However, it is the Ducks who have become the tormentors in this matchup.
The Huskies have not beaten the Ducks since 2003. In fact, they haven't been any closer than 17 points since.
However, there is a reason the GameDay crew is following this game, and that's because the Huskies have the talent to give the Ducks a run for their money this year.
The Huskies, playing on the road, nearly upset No. 5 Stanford last week—losing 31-28.
Washington came up with several big stops at the end of that game, and that is its real basis for hope in this game. Washington is playing good defense, and it has the depth to be strong at the end of a game. This is vitally important when playing against the rapid-fire Ducks attack.
For the season, the Huskies are third in the nation by allowing less than four yards per play.
If that defense can slow Oregon down, the Huskies offense—led by quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey—has enough fire power to hang with the Ducks.
In fact, I don't think the Huskies are just going to hang with the Ducks; I'm predicting they will beat them.
Washington and all of its raucous fans are itching for their own "Kenny Wheaton" moment. Playing with their best team in years, in a newly renovated stadium and in the national spotlight, the Huskies are going to be ready to levy their most intense effort of the season, which will lead to this final score:
Prediction: Washington 35, Oregon 31
Other Top 25 Matchups
If this matchup isn't enough to satiate your desire for college football, have no fear; there are some other great matchups on the schedule.
There are two other matchups involving Top 25 teams.
One of those is a supremely interesting SEC matchup that has No. 10 LSU hosting No. 17 Florida.
This game features one of the nation's best offenses against one of the best defenses. The Gators are second in the nation in yards allowed per game at 217 and fourth in the nation in points allowed per game at 12.2.
Meanwhile, in every game this year, LSU has put up at least 35 points and 400 yards of offense.
The other game with ranked teams has the No. 25 Missouri Tigers hitting the road for a battle with the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia doesn't seem to know how to play anything but thrillers this year. Three of Georgia's five games have been decided by three points, and with a prodigious offense and poor defense, those games have all been filled with fireworks.
Meanwhile, 5-0 Missouri's offense has been producing more than even Georgia's. The Tigers are scoring 46.6 points per game. However, unlike Georgia—which has played three games against teams that were ranked in the Top 10—Missouri will be facing its first real test in this game.
In case these games still leave you looking for more, this schedule should fill you up.
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