Washington vs. Oregon: Game Preview

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October 6, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against Washington Huskies linebacker Travis Feeney (41) in the first half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

3 Keys:

1. Make no mistakes.

Normally, when a team beats one of the best in the country, it’s because the favorite doesn’t play up to par. There’s no reason to think that the Ducks won’t come out in top form, so the Huskies will have to use the other method of beating top competition. They have to play their best game of the season. As in, no penalties, no kick off returns for touchdowns and no turnovers. The Ducks’ defense is almost as good as their offense, making this a difficult task.

2. Play Husky football.

The Ducks tempo affects how a lot of teams run their offense and defense when they play the Ducks. This shouldn’t be as much of an issue because the Huskies play and practice at just as fast of a pace – some have reported it even being faster. Stick to the run, especially if it starts raining. Sankey should have no problems crossing the 100-yard plateau, but the Huskies need to use him to open the passing game as well.

3. Stay focused.

The spotlight is on Seattle this weekend. College GameDay is a big deal. It doesn’t seem to have been a problem thus far, but the Huskies have to treat this game like any other. That’s something Steve Sarkisian seems to do really well. As long as the Huskies come to play and compete like any other game this season, they’ll have a chance.

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