Washington vs. Oregon: Game Preview

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October 6, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Bralon Addison (11) is tackled by Washington Huskies safety Sean Parker (1) during the game at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

This is the biggest game this season. This is the biggest game the Washington Huskies have played in since the early-2000s. It pits the No. 16 team in the nation versus the No. 2 team. A win Saturday keeps the Huskies well within reach of the Pac-12 North title, while a loss most likely guarantees the Huskies will play in the Holiday or Alamo Bowl.

The Storylines:

1. Can the Huskies snap the streak?

The Oregon Ducks have dominated the rivalry over the past decade, winning nine straight match ups by at least 17 points. If the Huskies are going to put an end to it, it feels like this will be the year. It’s the most talented team UW has had since it last beat Oregon, and with the national attention being brought upon Montlake, this seems like the year it ends. Neither team has ever won 10 in a row since the rivalry began in 1900.

2. Where is De’Anthony Thomas?

It could have been worded, “Where will De’Anthony Thomas be Saturday?” to be more accurate. The Ducks dynamic junior missed the Ducks game against Colorado last week, and has stated that he won’t play unless he’s 100 percent. Longtime friend Greg Ducre said Thomas “probably” won’t play, but is trying to get on the field. The difference in the game could come down to whether Thomas is 100 percent or not.

3. Who’s the hero?

If the Huskies win, someone will go down in history. It seems inevitable. It just depends on who. Bishop Sankey could cement himself in the Heisman race with a dominating performance that leads the Huskies to a narrow victory. The same could be said for Marcus Mariota. If he leads the Ducks on a game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, he could pretty much wrap up the Heisman race right there.

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