Just when you thought the Oregon – Washington game couldn’t get any bigger next Saturday, ESPN announced it’s bringing its traveling road show to Seattle for the pacific northwest showdown.
That’s right, Chris, Kirk, Lee, David and Samantha are bringing their Saturday morning college football pre-game show to the University of Washington and the shores of Lake Union for the first time.
Oregon, ( 5-0 / 2-0 ) is coming off of their 57-16 win over Colorado and Washington ( 4-1 / 1-1 ) is coming off of its disappointing 31-28 loss to Stanford in Palo Alto.
The rivalry between the Ducks and the Huskies dates back to 1900 and is considered by most one of the nastier neighborhood fights in the country.
In that span, Washington leads the series 58-42-5.
The Huskies have appeared on ESPN’s Game Day show three times – all away from home and and have come away on the losing end in each contest.
* 1998 – Loss at No. 2 Nebraska
* 2002 – Loss at No. 13 Michigan
* 2003 – Loss at No. 3 Ohio State.
Oregon, on the other hand, has done much better.
The Ducks have made 16 appearances on the ESPN college football show and are 10-6 in those games.
- 1998 – road loss at No. 2 UCLA
- 2000 – home win against No. 6 UCLA
- 2007 – home loss against No. 6 California
- 2007 – home win against No. 6 Arizona State
- 2009 – home win against No. 4 USC
- 2009 – road win at Arizona
- 2010 – loss against Ohio State in Pasadena (Rose Bowl)
- 2010 – home win against No. 4 Stanford
- 2010 – road win at No. 24 USC
- 2010 – road win at Oregon State
- 2010 – loss to No. 1 Auburn in Glendale (BCSCG)
- 2011 – loss to No. 4 LSU in Arlington
- 2011 – home win against No. 18 Arizona State
- 2011 – road win at No. 3 Stanford
- 2011 – win against No. 9 Wisconsin in Pasadena (Rose Bowl)
- 2011 – home loss against No. 14 Stanford
Besides ESPN’s travel announcement, the new AP College Football Poll was also released Sunday morning.
Oregon remained solidly in its No. 2 slot with Alabama still holding onto the No. 1 position. Rounding out the top 5 are Clemson ( #3 ), Ohio State ( #4 ) and Stanford ( #5 ).
Washington, who entered Week #7 with a No. 15 ranking, dropped one slot to 16 while UCLA moved up to the No. 11 slot and Arizona State fell out of the top 25 after its loss to Notre Dame in Dallas.
Next Saturday, the Huskies and the Ducks will kickoff at 1:00 pm local time.
ESPN’s ‘Game Day’ show will air live locally from 6:00 am to 9:00 am.