Prepare for fireworks on Saturday out of Eugene.
Not that it would be anything out of the ordinary for the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, but Marcus Mariota and Co. appear set to put on a show when Washington State pays a visit to Autzen Stadium.
Oregon boasts an offense that posts 56.8 points per game and is coming off its first major test of the year with a 45-24 victory over No. 16 Washington.
On the flip side, the Cougars have failed to find an identity.
An early season win over USC is great, but in the past two weeks alone the Cougars have allowed over 1,000 passing yards.
Fans of offense should tune in on Saturday night. Here are the important details to know.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 77
- Spread: Oregon (-37.5)
Cougars Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Connor Halliday||QB||10/12/2013||is probable for Saturday's game against Oregon State||Probable||hip|
|Darius Lemora||S||08/29/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||foot|
|Logan Mayes||DE||08/29/2013||has decided to transfer||Out||personal|
|Jacob Seydel||T||10/12/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||leg|
|Emmitt Su'a-Kalio||DT||10/12/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||disciplinary/legal|
|Dominique Williams||WR||10/12/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon State||Questionable||undisclosed|
Ducks Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Josh Huff||WR||10/14/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington State||Questionable||ankle|
|Colt Lyerla||TE||10/07/2013||has left the team||Out||personal|
|De'Anthony Thomas||RB||10/16/2013||is doubtful for Saturday's game against Washington State||Doubtful||ankle|
Can Washington State's Defense Come to Play?
The Cougars' defense enters Saturday with one advantage—Oregon's star back De'Anthony Thomas is likely to miss the game thanks to a sprained ankle he suffered a few weeks ago against California.
Other than that, the Washington State defense has a major task on its hands.
Two weeks ago against the Golden Bears, the Cougars surrendered 521 passing yards in a 44-22 victory. Last week the Cougars gave up another 496 to Oregon State in a 52-24 loss.
Simply put, the Cougars defense needs to stop tripping over itself and show better discipline against big plays, because Mariota and Co. excel at piling on points in a hurry.
Mariota does not make many mistakes, as told by his 1,724 yards, 17 touchdowns and no interceptions this season. That said, Mariota did throw two interceptions against the Cougars last year (the only time he's thrown more than one in a contest) in a 51-26 victory.
Which team wins?
Washington State put up a strong fight last year against Mariota but also gave up 300 rushing yards. It's one thing or another against Oregon, and there's little to no chance the Cougars can go into Eugene and silence the Ducks' offense.
Mariota is hot on the Heisman trail and has too much experience under his belt to falter against a defense simply going through the motions.
Thomas or not, Oregon is too explosive for Washington State to keep up. The Cougars hardly score 30 points per game and last week put together five straight possessions in the second half that ended with turnovers.
Oregon runs away with this one in convincing fashion.
Ducks win 55-20
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