No. 15 Oregon (2-1) vs. Washington State (3-0)
When: 1 p.m. PT Saturday, Sept. 24
The place: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Wash.
Coaches: Dan Lanning, first 12 months (2-1); Jake Dickert, first 12 months (6-3)
Newest line: Oregon by 6.5
TV channel: FOX
On air: Radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene
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What’s at stake: On the opening weekend of convention play half the league will finish 1-0 and the opposite half 0-1, however the early leg up within the standings and holding a tiebreaker is much less urgent than the massive image. Oregon can in poor health afford one other loss if it’s going to make a New 12 months’s Six bowl that isn’t the Rose Bowl and no matter minute likelihood nonetheless exists for a School Soccer Playoff berth completely requires successful out. A loss would knock the Geese out of the nationwide dialog solely till mid-November in the event that they’re nonetheless in competition for a spot within the Pac-12 Championship recreation. Washington State may earn a second win over a ranked opponent, vault into the highest 25 and grow to be a significant component within the convention race.
Oregon offense vs. Washington State protection
The Geese started to determine an identification in opposition to BYU by their use of tempo, working behind large our bodies and sprinkling in lengthy passes. The identical may work in opposition to Washington State, however the Cougars create numerous chaos from their entrance seven. How offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham assaults will probably be attention-grabbing as a result of he’s been so a number of to this point. Oregon may proceed to depend on its tight ends to maintain the protection off stability between the run and go. Dillingham may additionally trot out extra receivers in an effort to power Washington State to place extra defensive backs on the sector and select which of its key entrance seven gamers to take off the sector, significantly on early downs, which may result in extra manageable third downs. The Cougars are distinctive in opposition to the run and are producing numerous stress. Neutralizing that may be accomplished both by going very large or taking photographs excessive.
Oregon protection vs. Washington State offense
The Coug Raid gained’t require Oregon’s defensive backs to spend all day in protection, but it surely’s nonetheless up tempo and the ball will nonetheless be within the air lots. Cameron Ward is nimble and it’ll be as much as Oregon’s defensive position to maintain him contained to the pocket, as his capability to increase performs is what opens up numerous alternatives. Oregon’s go protection has gotten off to a nasty begin, particularly on third down, however Ward has been poor on third down. The Geese need to capitalize and power him into errors in these spots.
Do you know?
- Cameron Ward is the seeking to be the primary Cougar quarterback to win his first 4 begins at WSU since 1975
Matchup to look at: Oregon’s defensive backs vs. Washington State’s receivers
The Geese are having a really tough time in protection aside from Christian Gonzalez. The Cougars have turned to 9 completely different receivers in two of their first three video games and all the time make the most of a bevy of targets. Oregon’s situational consciousness has not been good and permitting cross-field throws for conversions can’t proceed if UO goes to compete for a convention title.
They stated it: “(Bo Nix) actually has command of their offense and I believe he’s received the total keys to the automotive. Uou don’t see them making an attempt to handicap a capability. He’s on the market throwing deep balls, quick balls, intermediate balls. I see a top quality soccer participant that’s actually helped their soccer workforce.” — Washington State coach Jake Dickert
Ranked Oregon groups are 6-2 in opposition to unranked Washington State groups in Pullman, dropping in 2006 and 1996
Prediction: Oregon 31, Washington State 21