Oddsmakers started the week by installing the No. 6-ranked Oregon Ducks, a Nike subsidiary, as a 15-point favorite to defeat unranked Washington on Saturday night, thought the better of it, and increased the spread to 16 1/2 points for what will be the final game in Husky Stadium before a $200 million renovation of the facility commences.
Only Stanford, a 20-point pick, has been a larger favorite over Washington this season. The Cardinal more than covered, winning 65-21 in a rout that sent the Huskies into an emotional dither that didn’t abate until running back Chris Polk got them back on track with five touchdowns in last week’s 42-31 triumph over Arizona.
Oddsmakers can be excused for dismissing Polk’s heroics. In Oregon, the Huskies will be facing a team that has not only dominated Washington in recent years — seven consecutive victories — but has done so in nearly historic fashion.
The Phil Knight (Nike co-founder)-owned Ducks have stomped the Huskies by 24, 24, 20, 21, 24, 34 and 37 points in their seven victories (longest winning streak ever by Oregon over Washington), which constitutes a rash of nose rubbing unlike almost anything ever experienced by a Washington team.
We went back, so to speak, to the Great Seattle Fire (1889), and examined every losing streak of five or more games that Washington has endured against a single opponent, conference and otherwise. Turns out, there have been 15 such streaks.
No one will be surprised that Southern Cal is responsible for three of those streaks, beating Washington six consecutive years from 1927-33, 10 straight times from 1965-74, and seven times in a row from 2002-08.
Nobody really hates the Trojans for it. Reasonable Husky fans expect such occasional dominance by the Trojans given the athletes to whom they have ready access.
But for Oregon, perhaps a more bitter UW rival than Washington State, to own the Huskies in nearly identical fashion, without any Heisman winners, without USC’s rich tradition, but with Knight’s cash carrying them forward, must leave UW fans tasting the inside of a chimney.
In the past seven UW-Oregon games, the Ducks have beaten the Huskies by an average of 26.4 point per game. In all of UW history, only the 2002-08 Heisman-laden Trojans whipped Washington worse, and only by a statistical tick.
Not even storied Notre Dame, 8-0 all-time against Washington, has dominated the Huskies as thoroughly as the damnable Ducks, winning the eight by an average margin of 23 points per contest.
Washington’s losing streaks of at least five games to a single opponent, and the opponent’s average margin of victory during the streak (only top 10 listed):
|School||Years||Wins||Margin||Avg. Win||Biggest Victory|
|Southern Cal||2002-08||7||306-112||27.71||USC 56-0 in 2008|
|Oregon||2004-10||7||305-120||26.43||Oregon 53-16 in 2010|
|California||2002-06||5||217-87||26.00||Cal 54-7 in 2003|
|Southern Cal||1927-33||6||179-23||25.97||USC 48-0 in 1929|
|Notre Dame||1948-09||8||290-105||23.13||N.D. 46-0 in 1948|
|Southern Cal||1965-74||10||263-108||15.50||USC 34-0 in 1965|
|Oregon State||2004-09||6||185-98||14.50||OSU 48-21 in 2009|
|Arizona State||2002-10||7||228-129||14.10||ASU 44-20 in 2007|
|UCLA||1952-58||7||146-59||12.43||UCLA 32-7 in 1952|
|Stanford||1926-30||5||85-24||12.20||Stanford 29-10 in 1926|