People in Washington state are nuts about their sports. Plus that team loves playing for Sarkisian. He's done a really good job. My gut tells me Oregon SHOULD Cover two TD's. But having not looked at anything yet this week, I won't make a definitive statement.
I would take Oregon if a gun were put to my head but would probably not touch the game. There are so many intangibles going into this game. There is the rivalry, home crowd, new stadium but UW is coming off an emotional loss and they're still yapping about faking injuries and bad refs. Oregon, on the other hand, looked completely disinterested in the CU game in the first half until they realized they need to get their butts in gear. I think Oregon will be genuinely focused this game and UW might be a little tanked. However, Oregon hasn't faced a complete team like UW did in Stanford.
Wilcox likes to run mulitples on defense and I know they have the personnel to do it with Shaq, Feeney and other hybrid guys (important since they can't sub out). I just don't know how cute you can get on defense with the HUNH. They did go to the HUNH themselves to practice against it. Last year they were getting calls in late and running players out when we were snapping the ball.
Oregon can sit in it's base scheme and play them that way the whole the game. I like the matchup for Oregon better than Stanford but the intangibles throw this game way off.
This post was edited on 10/8 at 4:28 pm