Picks: Ducks will down Huskies

Predicting Week 7's top games, including UO-UW, UF-LSU and Mizzou-UGA

Updated: October 11, 2013, 1:40 PM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

Oregon Ducks & Washington HuskiesUSA TODAY SportsWashington and Oregon will go to battle Saturday in a marquee Pac-12 matchup.

Each week during the 2013 college football season, I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games, in addition to a handful of other key matchups.

Week 6 is in the books and my picks went 8-1 overall, giving me a two-week run of 17-1 and an overall record of 43-11.

After a week that featured several near upsets of highly ranked teams, this week also has many games in which top teams should to be on upset alert.


No. 2 Oregon Ducks at No. 16 Washington Huskies

Saturday at 4 p.m. ET

The Ducks have won an amazing nine straight games in this series by an average score of 43-18, with their closest win coming by 17 points. They also have won 17 straight Pac-12 road games, and if one is looking to put a friendly wager on a game, have covered 12 of their past 13 overall.

This year, the undefeated Ducks have outscored their foes by 47 points per game while outgaining them by 299 yards per game. Not only is quarterback Marcus Mariota averaging 12 yards per carry with seven touchdowns, but he also has a perfect 14-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The defense, while yet to be tested, is allowing 10 points per game fewer than last year. But the big question for the Ducks in this one will be whether running back De'Anthony Thomas will play after sitting out the past couple of weeks with an ankle injury.

Phil Steele

ESPN Insider