I remember two years ago I had the Washington game circled as an upset for the Huskies against Oregon. Then, when the week rolled around, I could not in good conscience pick the Huskies.
This week, it's a different story. I can pick the Huskies in the 7:30 p.m. Saturday game at Husky Stadium, and I will.
The Ducks have been susceptible all year on defense. The Huskies have a good offense, led by QB Keith Price, running back Chris Polk and receivers Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar.
I think we need to look seriously at the UO offense, and wonder whether it could stumble against the Huskies, what with QB Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James coming off injuries.
It'll be a great college football atmosphere, with UW fans wanting revenge for seven consecutive pastings, a win against the highly ranked Ducks and a successful night to say good-bye to their stadium in style - before renovation.
The 1991 UW national championship team, with coach Don James, will be honored.
Mind you, I don't have my head buried in the sand, I realize that the Ducks could go out and torch the UW defense, rushing for 400 yards and passing for 200 and scoring 50 points. Could happen. Chip Kelly coaches football really well, especially offense.
But sometimes things catch up to teams, and the Oregon domination will end some time.
I think it'll be a high-scoring, entertaining game, and close. The Huskies, if they game-plan correctly, will want to keep the ball away from the Ducks and wear down the UO defense, and not turn the ball over. And, the UW defense needs to make some stops; if the UO offense gets going, in its rhythm and tempo and spreading the ball around, it could get ugly for the home team.
I'm thinking it'll be a special night for the Huskies.
THE PICK: Washington 41, Oregon 38