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Gameday links: Huskies looking for first win at Autzen since 2002

Washington (5-1, 1-1 in Pac-12) at No. 9 Oregon (5-1, 2-1)

5 p.m. Saturday, Autzen Stadium

The line: Oregon by 20

TV: FOX Sports 1

Radio: 1000 AM/97.7 FM

--- Here's our advance of the game, focusing on Oregon's recent dominance in the series and their celebration today of Kenny Wheaton's famed interception:
— They are proud of their football history, particularly a certain play that occurred in 1994, and so the Oregon Ducks will wear throwback uniforms Saturday to commemorate what Kenny Wheaton did in Autzen Stadium 20 seasons ago.
Indeed, this year marks the 20th anniversary of “The Pick,” the interception that Wheaton returned 97 yards for a touchdown with 49 seconds remaining to seal a 31-20 Oregon victory over the Washington Huskies.

Wheaton served as the grand marshal of Oregon’s homecoming parade Friday. And his ballyhooed interception will surely be played more than once on the Autzen video board prior to Washington’s 5 p.m. game at No. 9 Oregon on Saturday (FOX Sports 1).

That play, which propelled Oregon to the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl appearance that season, changed a lot. The Ducks, behind a seemingly endless supply of cash from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, became one of the nation’s elite programs, with the facilities, recruits, facilities, victories and facilities to prove it.

And they’ve lost to the Huskies only four times since.

--- Each of CBS Sports' expert pickers sees an Oregon victory, though two did pick UW to cover the spread.

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Each member of ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog picks Oregon to win, too

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--- And so do all seven of USA Today's experts.

--- To stop the streak, the Huskies will have to stop the run.

--- UW's defense is ready for a battle in Autzen.

--- More on Petersen's past success against Oregon (and note that you can buy a Kenny Wheaton jersey for $150).

--- The UW-Oregon game gets a mention here.

--- And here, too.

--- The player who started ahead of Marcus Mariota in high school is winding down his career.

--- The Register-Guard takes a look at the UW-Oregon game.

Other Pac-12 action today ...

UCLA at California, 12:30 p.m.  -- The Bruins are worrying about themselves. ... California's offense needs to rebound.

Colorado at USC, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks -- The Buffaloes have a chance to prove themselves. ... New helmets, old questions for the Trojans.

Stanford at Arizona State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN -- This game is a measuring stick again for the Sun Devils. ... Stanford is sticking with its tailback-by-committee approach.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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