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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:

https://twitter.com/D_Cashley/status/1049737971677577217

“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. 

8 numbers to know: Oregon vs. Washington rivalry

8 numbers to know: Oregon vs. Washington rivalry

If you want to be the Duck fan with all the facts about the rivalry matchup this Saturday, here are some numbers to know. 

Ranked Opponents Galore: No. 17 Oregon will take on its third consecutive ranked opponent when it hosts No. 7 Washington Saturday at Autzen Stadium at 12:30 p.m. It’s the first time in program history that Oregon has played three consecutive ranked opponents (then No. 7 Stanford, then No. 24 Cal, No. 6 Washington) while also being ranked. If the Ducks win, it’ll be the first time they have back-to-back victories over ranked teams since the 2014 season.

Lopsided Rivalry: Washington has won the past two matchups against Oregon by a combined score of 108-24. Prior to that, the Ducks had a 12 game winning streak that started in 2004 to 2015.

“We don’t ever try to hide, mask or down play going into rivalries,” said UO coach Mario Cristobal in Monday’s press conference.

[READ: Cristobal could earn a major bonus at Oregon; 2018-19 salaries released]

Interception Kings:  Oregon leads the Pac-12 conference and is tied for 12th nationally with eight interceptions. Senior Ugo Amadi and freshman Jevon Holland each have three interceptions.

The Herbert-Mitchell Connection Is Real: Junior wide receiver Dillon Mitchell has 344 receiving yards in the first two Pac-12 games, just five yards short of Oregon’s two-game record. Of Mitchell’s 27 catches this season, 22 have resulted in a first down or a touchdown.


Verdell is Balling: Redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell is the first Oregon freshman in school history to rush for 100+ yards in his first two career conference games (115 yards vs. Stanford, 106 yards at Cal). Verdell ranks eighth among freshmen nationally with 420 rushing yards.

The Justin Herbert Advantage: The quarterback has completed 76.4 percent (42-of-56) of his passes in Pac-12 games, including 22-of-27 in the first half. His first start came vs. the Huskies in 2016. This season, Herbert ranks sixth in the nation in yards per attempt (10.4 yards per attempt).


Home is where the heart is: Oregon has won 10 of its last 14 games against Top 10 opponents at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks have won 23 of its last 26 at home when nationally ranked.

“It’s no secret Autzen is gonna be quite a scene on Saturday,” said Crisotbal. “It provides such an advantage for us. Intensity for a rivalry like this is through the roof.”

Milestone for Cristobal: A win would be Cristobal’s first Pac-12 Conference win as a head coach at Autzen Stadium.

 

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