~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF

~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF

~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF
No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 25 Washington State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12)

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Where: Martin Stadium, Pullman, Wash.
Coaches: Mario Cristobal, first year (5-2 at Oregon, 32-49 overall); Mike Leach, seventh year (43-39 at Washington State, 127-82 overall)
Latest line: Washington State by 3
On air: TV on FOX, radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene.

Live stream: Oregon Ducks vs Washington State Cougars Live

Live stream: Oregon Ducks vs Washington State Cougars Live

What’s at stake: In just the fifth meeting of the all-time series in which both teams are ranked, the winner will be in command in the Pac-12 North. Washington State controls its own destiny and a win would make its games with Stanford and Washington that much bigger as the Cougars try to win the division. Oregon is perceived as the top team in the league and a win would further validate that, though the Ducks still need Stanford to lose one more time to control their own destiny in the division race

Oregon offense vs. Washington State defense

One half of this compelling matchup is Justin Herbert, CJ Verdell, Dillon Mitchell and the rest of Oregon’s Pac-12 leading scoring offense against Washington State’s Pac-12 leading pass defense.

~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF

~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF

The battle starts in the trenches, where Oregon’s offensive line will be tested by the stems and stunts of Wazzou’s defensive front. If WSU gets the Ducks off schedule, its secondary has proven capable of being incredibly stingy on third down.

~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF

~!!Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Live NCAAF

This is another huge test for Oregon after facing arguably the most talented defense in the Pac-12 in Washington last week and Washington State’s scheme might be a bigger challenge. Oregon is definitely the toughest opponent the Cougars have seen to date.

Oregon vs. Washington State prediction:

Numbers cannot quantify the mind of Mike Leach, but the S&P+ index ranks Washington State as the nation’s No. 29 team. Oregon clocks in at No. 34, because the Pac-12 may be a tad overrated this fall, for what is surely the first time ever. The preseason predictor saw this as a three-point win for the Ducks …but betting against Leach is like betting against chaos, and that didn’t factor in the added instability of bringing Gameday to town. Cougs by 6.

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