By STEVEN VAUGHAN, 750 The Game
Ducks fans may claim the Oregon-Washington rivalry hasn’t been much of one as of late. They point to Oregon having a 20-7 record in the series going back to 1994 including a handful of blowout wins.
But that perceived dominance took a major hit last season when Washington went into Autzen Stadium and won 37-34, despite being a double-digit underdog.
“It was huge,” Caple said. “It was everything in a way, because they started 4-0, got a lot of hype, and expectations kind of took off – ‘Oh this is going to be an overnight thing’. Then they lost to UCLA and Arizona State and they kind of went away from a national consciousness point.”
The Huskies built off of their momentum from beating Oregon to finish the season 11-2. Head coach Kalen DeBoer impressed in year one, and Caple says the main reason he is successful is because of the offense they run.
“He’s got a tried and true offensive system that is proven at every level of college football pretty much,” Caple said.
Caple says DeBoer not only has built great relationships with his players, but he gets the best staff members as well.
“I think he’s got a good eye for assistant talent,” Caple said. “I think he identified Ryan Grubb a long time ago as somebody who he could work in lock step with and who he really trusted with his offense. He made a big deal out of saying that when he got the head coaching job at Fresno State that was the very first time that he’d he ever let another person call the plays.”
As for 2023, who is Washington circling on their schedule? Caple says the road game at USC on Nov. 4 is intriguing, but there is only one real answer.
“It’s Oregon,” Caple said. “It’s always Oregon. It has to be Oregon. And if they say it’s not Oregon, they’re probably lying.”
The Ducks visit the Huskies on Oct. 14th.
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