For much of the year the Duck defense has given up chunks of yards between the 20s, and this week they face an offense with the firepower to exploit that weakness. The Huskies are much tougher in the red zone than Arizona, California or Colorado, the gamut of also-rans the Ducks have pummeled on their way to 7-1. UW has a 1,000-yard rusher in Chris Polk, and a quarterback who's shocked the conference with his first-year effectiveness.
For the season, the Dawgs are converting 91% of their red zone chances. Their variety of weapons really helps them at the goal line, being able to drive Polk inside, or trust Price throwing to his capable wideouts and big tight end, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.
photo right: Can the Ducks hang on to their share of first place against Washington? A lot depends on wrapping up Chris Polk, who thrives on yards after contact (nfldraftmonsters.com photo).
Sefarian-Jenkins is a particular worry. A true freshman, he's 6-6 258, runs a 4.6 40, and leads ...