WASHINGTON @ OREGON | 10/13 | 3:30 PM EDT
QB Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin are back as one of college football’s most gifted and experienced backfields, and will want to push each other to brand-new heights in 2018. Gaskin hurried for about the exact same amount of backyards in 2017 as he performed in 2016′ with more than two times as numerous touchdowns’ however Browning saw his analytical output drop significantly. He’ll aim to rebound with assistance from a group of receivers that consists of Chico McClatcher, who’s returning from injury. The defense loses a star in Vita Vea, however is still stacked at D-line and all over else. Browning and Gaskin are the big names, however it’s the defense that carries this group.
Mario Cristobal is Oregon’s 3rd head coach in as lots of years, and he now starts the work of re-establishing consistency in Eugene. Thankfully for him, he has one of the country’s finest quarterbacks to assist him do so in Justin Herbert. Herbert balanced 9.6 yards per passing attempt last year, but missed numerous weeks with an injury. The Ducks’ dismal performance during that stretch’and their rebound when he returned’made clear that he’s the foremost key to their success. In his very first season in the area as DC last year, Jim Leavitt instantly turned a horrific defense into a decent one. It ought to just get better this season.
Oregon has been overvalued all season, going 1-3 against the spread in FBS play thus far. Washington had a close call at UCLA last week, but that should be a wake-up call for a team that has legitimate College Football Playoff hopes. Washington’s defense is stingy, giving up under 14 points per game and just barely over 300 yards per contest. Look for Oregon to be held to 21 points or less, and a lower-scoring game favors the experience of Jake Browning and Myles Gaskins at Washington. My simulations show the Huskies covering almost 70 percent of the time.