Predictions, Team Players of the Week
Monday, Nov. 8, 9:30 p.m. PT
To the picks:
1. The Ducks score their most points in the history of the series.
Incorrect. I made this pick before checking to see what the previous mark was (58 in 1973), but that wouldn't have made me change my mind. This game had 59 or more written all over it and if not for UO's uncharacteristic minus-2 turnover margin, it would have been.
2. Oregon has a "Pick 6".
Incorrect. The Ducks seem overdue for an interception return for a touchdown at home and they remain so. Washington's first-time starter Keith Price did a nice job of not forcing throws.
3. The UO defense doesn't allow a touchdown scoring drive of more than 40 yards.
Correct. Washington's only touchdown came as a result of a fumble by the offense that gave the Huskies the ball at the Oregon 17-yard line. Of UW's 15 offensive drives on the game, only two covered more than 34 yards and both resulted in field goals.
4. Justin Hoffman makes his first career reception.
Correct. The sophomore's 13th career game was anything but unlucky as he hauled in a 9-yard completion in the 4th quarter.
5. Five Ducks rush for 20 or more yards.
Incorrect. Oregon piled up the rushing yards as usual, but only four players were needed to run the ball: LaMichael James (121), Darron Thomas (89), Kenjon Barner (60) and Remene Alston Jr. (24).
Weekly mark: 2-3 (.400) • Season mark: 28-18 (.609)
OREGON PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The game has been played, the film has been studied, and the Oregon coaching staff has determined the team's top performers for Game 9. Following is a list of last week's game ball winners:
Offense: Mark Asper (sealed the right side for Thomas' 34-yard TD run among other plays)
Defense: Talmadge Jackson III (team-high 8 tackles, including 6 solo) and Josh Kaddu (sack for a 14-yard loss)
Special Teams: Josh Huff (132 yards on 3 kickoff returns, including a season-long of 80) and Dion Jordan (solo tackle on coverage team, key blocks on return team)
Offensive Scout: Nick Cole and Bryan Bennett
Defensive Scout: Isaac Ava
Special Teams Scout: Chad Delaney
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