Ore­gon seeks re­demp­tion as it hosts Wash­ing­ton

The Oklahoman - - COLLEGE KICKOFF - FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

In the same way the num­ber 12 will never be for­got­ten in the long his­tory of the bor­der ri­valry be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon — as in 12 straight wins by the Ducks — so will the num­ber 70.

As in 70 points. That's the num­ber of points Wash­ing­ton scored the last time it stepped foot in­side Ore­gon's Autzen Sta­dium in a 70-21 rout that won't be soon for­got­ten in the up­per left cor­ner of the coun­try.

The Ducks are a far bet­ter team than they were two years ago when the Huskies em­phat­i­cally ended 12 years of mis­ery. And there would be no bet­ter way for No. 17-ranked Ore­gon to shake up the Pac-12 race than knock­ing off No. 7 Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day.

Ore­gon (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) al­ready fal­tered once when it blew a 17-point half­time lead at home and lost 38-31 to Stan­ford in over­time last month. If the Ducks want to stay in the con­fer­ence ti­tle race come Novem­ber, a vic­tory over the Huskies (5-1, 3-0) is a must.

Al­most ev­ery­thing is work­ing in fa­vor of the Ducks. They're at home where they've won 10 of the past 14 games against top 10 ranked teams. They're com­ing off a bye week af­ter win­ning at Cal­i­for­nia two weeks ago. They're mo­ti­vated af­ter be­ing outscored 108-24 in the past two meet­ings against Wash­ing­ton.

And the Huskies are com­ing off a lack­lus­ter per­for­mance in a 31-24 win over UCLA last week that raised con­cerns about the state of their de­fense. Ore­gon's of­fense is av­er­ag­ing more than 42 points with quar­ter­back Justin Her­bert as the starter. Wash­ing­ton al­lowed 422 yards and 6.49 yards per play against UCLA, most of those com­ing in the sec­ond half.

Star QBs share stage for Mis­souri-Alabama

It's the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence's top young gun ver­sus the el­der states­man.

No. 1 Alabama's quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa, the high-fly­ing sopho­more star, takes on Mis­souri and its own pro­lific passer Drew Lock Satur­day night.

It's an in­trigu­ing matchup of tal­ented quar­ter­backs in a game where the so far un­chal­lenged Crim­son Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) is fa­vored by four touch­downs.

Lock is the reign­ing All-SEC passer with 10,000-plus ca­reer yards for the Tigers (3-2, 0-2).

He is com­ing off sub­par per­for­mances in losses to South Carolina and No. 2 Ge­or­gia. He com­pleted less than half his passes in both games with three in­ter­cep­tions and no touch­downs.

Tago­v­ailoa is lead­ing the na­tion in pass­ing ef­fi­ciency and has emerged as pos­si­bly the Heis­man Tro­phy front-run­ner.

Alabama coach Nick Sa­ban said Tago­v­ailoa has a sprained knee and wore a pro­tec­tive brace but wasn't lim­ited in prac­tice dur­ing the week "so that's not an is­sue."

Mis­souri is still miss­ing deep threat Emanuel Hall and coach Barry Odom also said re­ceiver Nate Brown re­mains lim­ited by an in­jury. Both missed the South Carolina game.

Alabama will face Lock with­out start­ing cor­ner­back Trevon Diggs, who broke his foot in the Mis­sis­sippi State game.

Diggs, the brother of Min­nesota Vik­ings wide re­ceiver Ste­fon Diggs, may be out for the sea­son.

[AP PHOTO]

In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Ore­gon quar­ter­back Justin Her­bert looks to pass dur­ing a game against Port­land State in Eu­gene, Ore.

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