The battle of the Pac-12 will take place on Saturday October 13th, 2018 as the #7 ranked Washington Huskies make the trip to Autzen Stadium to face off against the #17 ranked Oregon Ducks. For these two teams, Saturday’s matchup could play a key factor in the outcome of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. The Huskies enter the key NCA Top 25 Showdown sitting at 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in the conference. Meanwhile the Ducks enter the contest sitting at 4-1 on the year and just 1-1 in the conference.
When you look at this matchup on paper it should be an exciting one for the players, coaches, fans and sports handicappers. As you look deeper at the two teams they stack up very well on the defensive side of the ball with the Ducks ranking 37th overall in the country in yards allowed per game while the Huskies sit at 40th in the country. The key difference between the two teams comes on the scoreboard as the Huskies are ranked 3rd in fewest points allowed per game in College Football with just 13.7 per contest while the Ducks are allowing 24.4 per contest.
On the offensive side of the ball both teams are led by big playmakers at the quarterback position. The Huskies are led by senior Jake Browning who is putting together a solid 2018-19 NCAA Football season. Browning has passed for 1,508 yards. On other side junior quarterback Justin Herbert is leading the Ducks high powered offense throwing for 1,411 yards to go with 15 passing touchdowns. The Ducks currently rank 12th in points scored per contest with just under 46 points per game while the Huskies are averaging just below 30 points per contest.
Here are the keys to the game for both the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks on Saturday October 13th, 2018.
NCAA Football Keys to the Game
Washington Huskies – Play Aggressive and allow Jake Browning to throw
The Huskies will have their hands full on both sides of the football on Saturday against a Ducks team that can put a ton of points on the scoreboard. For the Huskies their offense isn’t built around putting a ton of points on the board 73rd overall. On Saturday, the Huskies will need to put a ton of points up to win this contest against the Ducks. That success will come from the arm of Jake Browning who will have an opportunity to put up some passing yards. The Ducks have struggled against the pass this year allowing the 84th most yards in all of college football. If the Huskies win this game, an aggressive approach passing will be the key to their success.
Oregon Ducks – Play their style of football
When you think of the Ducks you think of a fast paced offensive team that likes to move the ball and that is exactly what has shown up this year. The Duck are putting up a ton of points on the board scoring at least 31 points in all five of their contests. While the numbers indicate the Huskies are solid defensive team that has shut down opposing scoring attacks, the Ducks need to be aggressive from the opening whistle to the final whistle if they want to pick up this key win at home.
NFL Betting Trends
Washington Huskies – The Huskies enter this contest as a difficult team for sports handicappers to jump on board with after failing to cover the spread in four of their first six contests. Along with those struggles the Huskies have covered the spread in just one of their last six road contests and just 21 of their last 70 games in the calendar month of October.
Oregon Ducks – Despite rolling to a 4-1 record to start the season, the Ducks have struggled at home against the spread failing to cover the spread in all four home contests. Along with those struggles the Ducks have covered just two of their last 16 contests after winning outright in their previous meeting. Good news for sports handicappers the Ducks have played well after the bye over the past few seasons covering the spread in four of five matchups.
Head 2 Head – The Huskies enter this matchup riding back to back wins against the Ducks after losing three straight. Over their last 20 meetings, the favorite has controlled the series covering the spread in 16 of those meetings. Despite that success, the Huskies have covered the spread just twice in their last 14 trips to Autzen Stadium.
What’s next for these two teams?
Washington Huskies – The Huskies will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on the Stanford Cardinals.
Oregon Ducks – The Ducks will travel to Martin stadium in Pullman, Washington to take on Washington State.