Eugene, OR. -- Coming off of a comeback win against the University of Washington, the Oregon Ducks will not have much time to rest welcoming in the Washington State Cougars Saturday.
Despite Oregon being the favorite this week, and the Cougars having an up and down year, the Ducks know this game will be one of the biggest challenges they've faced all year. Washington State head coach, Mike Leach and his air raid offense has caused the Ducks a lot of trouble over the last couple of years. Oregon is currently on a four game losing streak to the Cougs.
"We kind of all have a little chip on our shoulder," said safety Brady Breeze. "We just need to go in to this game and not take them lightly and stuff. You know not worry about what happened in the past, the past couple games and stuff, we just have to work on them."
The Cougars' starting quarterback Anthony Gordon comes into the game leading the nation in passing yards with 2981 yards, and has the team ranked eighth in scoring offense, with an average of 42.7 points per game.
Oregon's defense has spent a lot of this week working on form tackling and breaking down during their sprints to be able to tackle in space better for this match-up.
Linebacker La'Mar Winston Jr. said, "I would just say a huge emphasis on tackling in general. We shouldn't miss tackles, we should tackle great this game. This would be a huge emphasis on tackling anywhere."
Ducks' head coach, Mario Cristobal also confirmed the recent news about receiver Brenden Schooler entering the transfer portal and becoming a grad transfer. Schooler spent most of this season out with an injury, but has played in the last three games recording two catches with 44 yards, and one tackle. He's played three total seasons at Oregon, starting at the safety position before moving to wideout based on need at the position in 2017. Cristobal would not speak at extent about the news, instead responding, "we move on."
Winston however did weigh in saying, "Unfortunately we weren't prepared or aware of that information. I believe he's making a decision for himself. And hey, I'm going to always support my brother. Got love for Brenden, a lot of love for Brenden. I'm going to call him before he go. And hey, wish him the best, I know he'll ball."
Oregon host Washington State Saturday, October 26th, at 7:30 in Autzen Stadium. The game is set to be aired on ESPN.