Oregon Football: 5 Sure-Fire Bets for the Washington Huskies Game Saturday

Joe PenkalaCorrespondent INovember 4, 2011

Oregon Football: 5 Sure-Fire Bets for the Washington Huskies Game Saturday

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    With the Ducks and Huskies less than two days away from playing, the intensity of the rivalry is picking up despite the seven-game winning streak by the Ducks.

    Over that span, the Ducks have placed some lopsided victories on the Huskies but have to head back to Washington this year for a night game that will have the fans at their loudest.

    When the two teams finally tee it up and get underway, here are five sure-fire bets that you can look for Saturday night. 

Darron Thomas Starts the Entire Game

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    Let's get this out of the way early. There is no quarterback controversy in Eugene. Darron Thomas has only lost two games as a starter, and they were to the national champion Auburn Tigers and the current No. 1 team in the nation, LSU.

    The more interesting part is if Thomas is as healthy as he claims to be. Regardless, take Thomas at his word and assume that his performance will be nothing short of what we have come to expect. 

    Thomas will not only start the game but will finish it. 

Oregon Defense Forces Two Turnovers

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    Last week, the Ducks defense stepped up and forced some turnovers against the Washington State Cougars, and they also blocked a punt and took it in for a touchdown.

    This week, look for the Ducks to continue to play their bend but don't break style of play and end up forcing the Huskies into two turnovers. 

Kenjon Barner Leads the Team in Rushing

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    While most will have their eyes on Darron Thomas, fans will also be watching how LaMichael James performs in his second game back.

    Based off of last week's performance, you can tell that James is not completely healthy and that he lost the rythym that he had before the injury.

    With all of that said, look for the Ducks to use Kenjon Barner and for him to lead the Ducks in rushing yards. 

DeAnthony Thomas Scores Three Touchdowns

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    He can do it all. DeAnthony Thomas is a weapon in the rushing game, passing game and special teams. 

    Last week, Thomas took a kick back for a touchdown and also caught a Bryan Bennett pass for a touchdown. Simply put, he is lightning in a bottle, and if you give him an inch, he will take six points. 

Ducks Win

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    With seven straight wins, the Ducks have a ton of confidence in this rivalry, even to the point where the current players may not even see this as a rivalry game.

    While the temptation may be there to take the Huskies with it being a road game at night but overall, the Huskies have been torched by the good offenses they have gone up against, and Oregon fits that billing.

    Ducks win 47-27.