CenturyLink Field will be the site for its second Pac-12 battle in three days when the Oregon Ducks and Washington State Cougars meet on Saturday night. The atmosphere is expected to be similar to a bowl game, with the crowd split fairly evenly on each side.
WSU is likely to start sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday for the third straight game as Jeff Tuel is still recovering from a knee injury suffered against Eastern Washington in Week 2. Head coach Mike Leach also made a change in the receiving corps this week, moving freshman Gabe Marks to the inside. Marks and Isiah Myers had been splitting time on the outside.
The Ducks are looking like national title contenders after a thrashing of the Arizona Wildcats last Saturday. Oregon pairs its fast-pace offense with a smothering, speedy defense that puts pressure on the opponent to make mistakes. The second-ranked Ducks are heavy favorites in this game.
Oregon defeated WSU 43-28 last season in Eugene.
Game time/TV channel: 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2
Spread: Oregon favored by 31 1/2.