Ducks favored over WSU by 39 points

Ducks favored over WSU by 39 points

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Ducks favored over WSU by 39 points

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 11:53 AM

Washington St (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) at No. 2 Oregon (6-0, 3-0),  10:05 p.m. (Fox Sports)

Line: Oregon by 39.

Series record:  Oregon 45-38-7.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Oregon goes into the game as the only Pac-12 North school that hasn't lost after Stanford was upset by Utah. The Ducks have won six straight against Washington State. While the Cougars earlier this season defeated No. 25 USC 10-7 in Los Angeles, they have not defeated a team ranked in the top five since the 2003 Holiday Bowl, when they beat No. 5 Texas 28-20.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon's defense against Washington State's Air Raid offense. Earlier this season the Ducks faced the "Bear Raid" offense of California under new coach Sonny Dykes and came away with a 55-16 victory. That game was in the pouring rain, which hampered California QB Jared Goff, but the forecast for Saturday night at Autzen is for clear skies. The Cougars are averaging 346.9 passing yards a game, good for eighth in the nation, while Oregon's pass defense is ranked second in the Pac-12, allowing opponents an average of only 201 yards a game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Washington State: QB Connor Halliday, who averaging of 330.1 yards passing with 30 completions a game. The junior quarterback has thrown for 14 touchdowns, but he's also thrown 13 interceptions.

Oregon: QB Marcus Maritoa, who is one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates with 25 total touchdowns. He's thrown for 1,724 yards and 17 scores this season, and run for 426 yards and eight additional TDs. He has yet to throw an interception.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oregon WR Bralon Addison has six touchdowns in the past three games, four on receptions and two on the ground.  ... The Ducks rank second nationally with an average of 56.8 points per game and 630.5 total yards per game. ... Twelve different Washington State receivers have caught at least 10 passes. ... The Cougars have rushed this season for eight touchdowns, already topping the six scored all of last season. ... Last season Oregon scored three touchdowns in a four-minute span of the third quarter to pull away for a 51-26 victory over the Cougars in Pullman.

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