What’s Quack’n: Be loud. Be amped up.
The week is here
It’s going to be a good one this upcoming Saturday. No. 7 vs. No. 17. Washington and Oregon. Two teams and two fan bases that can’t stand one another. And the message for Ducks’ fans: Be loud. Be amped up.
Swipe through to hear from the Oregon Ducks players and coaches on this rivalry week.
Ducks have learned from the past to help the future
Remember that heart-breaking OT loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 opener? Sorry to bring that up again, but it is important for a team to re-watch and study that film, especially with Washington coming into town this weekend. We learn much more from our mistakes than we do our losses, and the lessons learned from that game will be crucial for the Ducks with a similar opponent in the No. 7 Washington Huskies coming into town.
As the season goes on, any type of experience that you have is always very useful and applicable as you go forward,” says head coach Mario Cristobal. “We certainly don’t feel like the same team we were a year ago, we certainly don’t feel like we are the same team three weeks ago. With every rep, every down, every game that goes by, we feel like we gain a little more ground and more progress towards what we want to do and what we want to be.”
What to make of Washington’s defense
Let’s rewind the tapes back to week one: the then No. 6 Washington Huskies hit the road to face then No. 9 Auburn Tigers, or War Eagle, or whichever one. One big takeaway from that game was the Huskies ability to keep the Tigers from putting up seven in the redzone. And this is where the Ducks’ offense needs to be efficient and score touchdowns rather than settling for field goals.
They are a well-coached team, disciplined, fundamentally-sound,” says offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo. “Anytime you’re playing a team that does all the things that win in that regard, you got to go out and match that type of discipline and structure.”
The best word to put it… “Passionate”
A rivalry. Top-25 matchup. The two leaders in the Pac-12 North. What more can you want? In one word, head coach Mario Cristobal called this game “passionate”. This game will have major post season implications with a trip to the conference title game on the line for what seems like almost every game in the Pac-12 conference.
“How passionate both fanbases are about this thing and it’s critically important for both programs,” says Cristobal. “We understand that, we also understand the importance of making sure that we attack practice and preparation with passion.”
A message for the fans
This is going to be a good one folks. No. 7 vs. No. 17. A rivalry game. Fans that strongly dislike one another for generations. The advantage lies with the home squad and this year that is the Ducks. Oregon players are relying on the fans to create chaos for the Huskies offense, lead by senior quarterback Jake Browning:
“Come out there, be amped up, be loud, try to break the decimal record like coach Cristobal and all them say,” says redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell. “Just be loud, be amped up.”
“The fans get into it, and we get into it. They’re just a team that we personally haven’t beat in two years,” says senior running back Tony Brooks-James.
“Best place in the country to play,” says Arroyo. “There’s no doubt about it. I’ve been a lot of places, a lot of us coaches have, and this is as good as it gets.”