Washington State vs. Oregon: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks rushes against the Washington State Cougars on September 29, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

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.

Television: FS1

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 77
  • Spread: Oregon (-37.5)

 

Cougars Injury Report (via USA Today)

Connor HallidayQB10/12/2013is probable for Saturday's game against Oregon StateProbablehip
Darius LemoraS08/29/2013is out indefinitelyOutfoot
Logan MayesDE08/29/2013has decided to transferOutpersonal
Jacob SeydelT10/12/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableleg
Emmitt Su'a-KalioDT10/12/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon StateQuestionabledisciplinary/legal
Dominique WilliamsWR10/12/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableundisclosed

 

Ducks Injury Report (via USA Today)

Josh HuffWR10/14/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington StateQuestionableankle
Colt LyerlaTE10/07/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
De'Anthony ThomasRB10/16/2013is doubtful for Saturday's game against Washington StateDoubtfulankle

 

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. 

Sept. 29, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach looks on against the Oregon Ducks during the second half at CenturyLink Field. The Ducks would go onto win the game by a final score of 51-26.  Mandatory Credit: James Snook-
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

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.

 

Prediction

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.

 

Final Score 

Ducks win 55-20

 

 

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