The border war

Ducks' message to fans: Make Autzen the loudest it has ever been

Ducks' message to fans: Make Autzen the loudest it has ever been

It's "Husky Hate Week" for Oregon fans. Saturday marks the 111th rivalry game between Oregon and Washington, officially named "The Border War".

The No. 17 Ducks play host to the No. 7 Huskies, but the environment in Autzen Stadium is expected to be anything but welcoming. Washington has crushed Oregon the past two games by a combined score of 108-24. Duck fans haven't forgotten last time the Huskies came into Eugene in 2016 and put a 70-point beat down on the Ducks, and neither has the Oregon football program. 

When the Huskies return to Eugene this Saturday, the Ducks have asked fans to do their part to make Autzen the loudest it's ever been. 

"It provides such an advantage to us when Autzen comes to life like it does on game days," said Oregon coach Mario Cristobal. 

Redshirt running back CJ Verdell's message to fans is simple. "Come out there, be loud, and  try to break the decimal record," said Verdell. 

Senior running back Tony Brooks-James, one of the oldest players on the team, revels in the spirit of the rivalry. Just like you, Brooks-James gets a chuckle from memes he sees on Twitter. Here are some of the best ones I've seen this week:

“It’s as important as it gets,” Cristobal said. “The intensity of a rivalry like this is through the roof, it’s off the charts. You could talk about it, write about it, explain it, and it still doesn’t capture the true fire and intensity, the true passion that goes behind something like this.

A little more history... The Ducks had a 12 game winning streak that started in 2004 and ended in 2015. In Eugene against Washington, Oregon holds a 21-13-2 record, and an all-time record of 45-60-5.

Here are 8 more numbers you need to know about the rivalry.