University of Washington

A look ahead at UW and WSU opponents

Washington State wide receiver Dom Williams (80) catches the football for a touchdown during the second half Saturday against Oregon. The Ducks, who visit Washington on Saturday, rank 93rd nationally in yards per play allowed, and 116th in scoring defense (38.7 points per game). Meanwhile, the Cougars play host to Oregon State on Saturday.
Washington State wide receiver Dom Williams (80) catches the football for a touchdown during the second half Saturday against Oregon. The Ducks, who visit Washington on Saturday, rank 93rd nationally in yards per play allowed, and 116th in scoring defense (38.7 points per game). Meanwhile, the Cougars play host to Oregon State on Saturday. The Associated Press

The Huskies play Oregon in Seattle while the Cougars face Oregon State in Pullman.

HUSKIES OPPONENT THIS WEEK

OREGON DUCKS (3-3 overall, 1-2 Pac-12)

7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, Husky Stadium, ESPN2, 1000-AM, 97.7 FM

COACH: Mark Helfrich (27-7 in third season at Oregon and overall)

AGAINST THE HUSKIES: Washington leads the all-time series, 58-44-5.

SCOUTING REPORT: The Huskies haven’t beaten the Ducks since 2003 — an 11-game losing streak — but Oregon is as wounded now as it’s been at any point in that span. The Ducks are coming off their second surprising home loss of the season, a 45-38 defeat to WSU in double-overtime — the Cougars were 17-point underdogs — and that came two weeks after Utah blasted Oregon, 62-20, in Eugene. Oregon has struggled to find a replacement for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams Jr. won the starting job during preseason camp, but a finger injury has kept him out of Oregon’s past two games, and it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play against the Huskies (though it does appear there is a chance he will). While playing for EWU in 2014, Adams threw seven touchdown passes against UW at Husky Stadium in a wild, 59-52 Huskies’ victory. … Without Adams, the Ducks have alternated between Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie, and neither has commanded the offense with much success. Oregon is likely to instead rely on its running game, led by sophomore tailback Royce Freeman, who has rushed for 859 yards and nine TDs in six games this season. He leads a Ducks offense that despite taking a step back is still ranked 16th nationally in yards per play (6.7) and 10th in total offense (528.7 yards per game). … Oregon’s defense isn’t good. The Ducks rank 93rd nationally in yards per play allowed, and 116th in scoring defense (38.7 points per game).

DID YOU KNOW? Oregon’s roster includes four players who list hometowns in Washington: DB Fotu Leiato (Steilacoom), OL Shane Lemieux (Yakima), LB Danny Mattingly (Spokane) and OL Calvin Throckmorton (Bellevue).

2015 schedule

Sept. 5 W, 61-42, vs. Eastern Washington

Sept. 12 L, 31-28, at Michigan State

Sept. 19 W, 61-28, vs. Georgia State

Sept. 26 L, 62-20, vs. Utah

Oct. 3 W, 41-24, at Colorado

Oct. 10 L, 45-38 in 2OT, vs. Washington State

Oct. 17 at Washington

Oct. 29 at Arizona State

Nov. 7 vs. California

Nov. 14 at Stanford

Nov. 21 vs. USC

Nov. 27 vs. Oregon State

COUGARS OPPONENT THIS WEEK

OREGON STATE BEAVERS (2-3 overall, 0-2 in Pac-12)

1 P.M. SATURDAY, Martin Stadium, PAC-12 NETWORKS, 710-AM

COACH: Gary Andersen (2-3 in first season at OSU, 47-34 in seventh season overall)

AGAINST THE COUGARS: WSU leads the all-time series, 49-47-3.

SCOUTING REPORT: It’s been a rough start to the Gary Andersen era in Corvallis. The Beavers’ only two wins have been pretty unimpressive — against Weber State and San Jose State — and they’ve been beaten by 18 points or more in each of their three losses, including a 44-7 pasting against Arizona over the weekend. … OSU’s defense ranks 77th nationally in yards per play allowed, and the Beavers’ offense averages only 4.7 yards per play, which is tied for 115th out of 128 FBS teams. … Beavers quarterback Seth Collins, a true freshman, completes only 50.4 percent of his passes and has thrown for 637 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions so far this season. … Collins does lead OSU in rushing with 362 yards (an average of 5.4 per carry), and tailback Storm Woods averages 5.8 yards per rush (322 yards on 56 carries). OSU’s leading receiver is Jordan Villamin (20 receptions, 300 yards, 3 TDs). Victor Bolden, who has 17 catches for 109 yards, is the only other player on the team with more than eight receptions.

DID YOU KNOW? Former Curtis High star Rahmel Dockery returns kicks and plays receiver for the Beavers.

2015 schedule

Sept. 4 W, 26-7, vs. Weber State

Sept. 12 L, 35-7, at Michigan

Sept. 19 W, 35-21, vs. San Jose State

Sept. 25 L, 42-24, vs. Stanford

Oct. 10 L, 44-7, at Arizona

Oct. 17 at Washington State

Oct. 24 vs. Colorado

Oct. 31 at Utah

Nov. 7 vs. UCLA

Nov. 14 at California

Nov. 21 vs. Washington

Nov. 27 at Oregon

christian.caple@thenewstribune.com

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