OREGON over Washington State by 6
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.