ORE­GON over Wash­ing­ton State by 6

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

The Ducks’ in­jury re­port reads like a M.A.S.H. unit, with 8 play­ers on the list in­clud­ing RB Royce Free­man (arm), QB Justin Her­bert (out 4-6 weeks with a bro­ken col­lar­bone), and his backup Tay­lor Alie (ques­tion­able with a con­cus­sion). Fresh­man QB Brax­ton Burmeis­ter, headed for a red­shirt, could get the start now, but rush­ing the ball is what the Ducks are all about as they bring a well-bal­anced of­fense into this fray (rush­ing for 262 YPG, pass­ing for 277 YPG un­der Taggart this sea­son). Wash­ing­ton State is 5-0 for the first time since 2001, but keep in mind that all five Septem­ber vic­to­ries were at home in Pull­man and now three of the next four games are on the road at Ore­gon, Cal and Ari­zona. This is a bad let­down spot for the Cougars com­ing off Fri­day night’s home up­set over pow­er­ful USC as teams are just 7-16 ATS away after up­set­ting the Tro­jans, in­clud­ing 1-5 SUATS in the last six. Be­sides, it’s been 12 years since the Cougars fin­ished a sea­son ranked in the top 25, so who knows how Mike Leach will try to keep their egos in check? Leach had the best line after look­ing at the mas­sive cel­e­bra­tion on the field after the USC up­set: “There’s a lot of peo­ple. It’s like Wood­stock, but every­body has their clothes on.” And un­like the days after the 1969 rock fes­ti­val, let’s hope the Cougars are not suf­fer­ing a hor­ri­ble hang­over. Oth­er­wise, the Ducks will run right over them.

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