27.Oct.2012 Oregon State @ Washington (Game Thread)
Key to this game, IMO, is staving off any early Washington momentum. Think how the Beavs hung in the 2009 Civil War–by getting an early turnover for a TD. Same way they won the 2006 USC game. Getting early momentum. That's how inferior teams hang around and sometimes even win games. We know Washington will give their best, so early momentum could be an issue. If the Beavs withstand that I see the blowout.
I think Mannion may have his best game yet. Reason being, when you sit on the sideline that long you get a different perspective, and the game slows down. You observe someone else execute the offense, you note what they do wrong, and what you can improve. Plus you get hungry to get back out there. For all these reasons, I think Mannion will be a beast tonight.
Chat is now open, if people want to go there for the early Pac-12 games. Don't bombard this thread with comments about the Ducks. It makes it hard to navigate the thread.