The rivals are both ranked.
Oregon moved up one spot to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll on Sunday after dismantling Colorado 45-3 on Friday at Autzen Stadium.
The Ducks (5-1, 3-0) can take complete control of the North Division with a win at No. 25 Washington this Saturday at Husky Stadium (12:30 p.m., ABC).
The Huskies (5-2, -2-2) re-entered the rankings after scoring 38 second-half points during an impressive 51-27 road win at Arizona.
Jacob Eason passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and Salvon Ahmed rushed for three touchdowns as Washington bounced back from a loss at Stanford.
“I feel like Washington is a huge challenge for us,” Oregon safety Brady Breeze said. “They’ve got a really good quarterback and some good receivers. We’ve just got to keep breaking down the film.
“We can’t let up on the gas at all.”
Oregon’s defense is third in the FBS in points allowed (8.7 per game) and eighth in yards allowed (267.7 per game) after shutting down the Buffaloes, who were averaging 34.6 points entering the game.
The Ducks have held five consecutive opponents to single-digit scoring for the first time since 1958.
“I feel like some teams get this hype around them and then they start to crash,” Breeze said. “We have to come together and be the team we know we can be and be the defense we really strive to be by the end of the season. We know we can be so much better.”
Mario Cristobal’s decision in February to part company with Jim Leavitt, now an analyst for Willie Taggart at struggling Florida State, and hire Andy Avalos appears to be a stroke of genius.
“If you look back at us during spring ball, you saw a complete transformation defensively the way it's taught, coached and the amount of pride taken by the players is still the most impressive thing,” Cristobal said. “These guys attack it, and I get to watch it every day. So, I'm certainly excited for what is to come.”
Avalos’ unit is tied for second nationally with 12 interceptions after picking off four Steven Montez passes. The Buffaloes’ quarterback had only thrown two interceptions in the previous five games.
The Ducks are fourth in turnover margin (plus-9).
“They were excited about it,” Cristobal said of his secondary’s matchup against Montez, who led Colorado to a 41-38 win in 2016 at Autzen Stadium. “I think they know the caliber of player they were playing against, they knew the challenge, and these guys looked forward to it all week. These guys play with a lot of confidence, and it's not false confidence.”
No. 13 Utah and No. 17 Arizona State are the other Pac-12 teams in this week’s AP poll.
The top 10 is comprised of Alabama (SEC), LSU (SEC), Clemson (ACC), Ohio State (Big Ten), Oklahoma (Big 12), Wisconsin (Big Ten), Penn State (Big Ten), Notre Dame (independent), Florida (SEC) and Georgia (SEC).
Auburn (SEC), which defeated Oregon 27-21 in the opener, is No. 11. The Ducks are also No. 12 in the coaches poll.
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