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The Washington Huskies didn’t have long to lick their wounds following a 31-28 loss at No. 5 Stanford on Saturday.
No. 2 Oregon is up next and the Ducks won’t have any empathy for their rival from the North.
According to the Huskies, who host Oregon Saturday at 1 p.m., they recognize the storm coming their way and the destruction it can cause. So instead of wallowing in self-pity, UW has refocused itself toward making amends for one defeat by working to achieve what would be even greater victory.
"We have another opportunity to show our resolve and to show how we can respond from that tough loss, and go play the No. 2-team in the country in Husky Stadium with the whole country watching in an amazing atmosphere for college football that we are fortunate to be part of,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters Monday. “And we are going to go out and put our best foot forward — and see if that is good enough to win."
Oregon has owned this series recently, winning the last nine contests, mostly in blowout fashion. The closest two games during that stretch were decided by 17 points. Last year’s affair ended 52-21.
The Ducks (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) have destroyed their first five opponents by a combined score of 59.2-11.8. But none of them could measure up to the Huskies (4-1, 1-1).
Washington knows this and that it proved last week it can compete with upper-echelon teams.
“We played a top-five team in America a week ago on the road, and we played our tails off,” Sarkisian said.
Practices have been crisp as the Huskies prepare knowing that they are in a must-win situation if they want to win the Pac-12 North Division.
"We understand that Stanford is a good team,” UW quarterback Keith Price told media. “We understand that Oregon is a good team. These are the games that are going to determine the championship. That’s ultimately our goal.”