Bulletin wire reports
No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon
When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
TV: ABC Radio: KBND 1110-AM, 100.1-FM
EUGENE — Mario Cristobal and Chris Petersen are taking different stances publicly this week on the Oregon-Washington football rivalry.
Cristobal, whose Ducks are looking to snap a two-game losing streak in the series and remain in contention for the program’s first Pac-12 championship since 2014, does not mind circling this game in red on the schedule.
No. 17 Oregon hosts No. 7 Washington on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.
“It’s as important as it gets,” Cristobal said. “The intensity of a rivalry like this is through the roof, it’s off the charts. You could talk about it, write about it, explain it, and it still doesn’t capture the true fire and intensity, the true passion that goes behind something like this.
“Our players understand it and our players have seen it and they know the history of this series.”
Petersen, an Oregon assistant from 1995 to 2000, is downplaying the rivalry as he prepares to face the Ducks’ third head coach in as many seasons.
Washington embarrassed his friend Mark Helfrich with a 70-21 win in 2016 and smothered Willie Taggart’s lone Oregon team, 38-3, in 2017.
“I get the history. I get it as well as anybody, from my background,” Petersen said during his Monday press conference. “But I also think it seems like every week is just a huge game to us, like everyone’s got us circled and all those type of things. So that’s why we just concentrate on ourselves. That’s just our MO It’s like, ‘OK, what’s this offense, what’s this defense, what’s this special teams look like? How do we solve this?’
“And it’s just about us bringing the right energy and preparing correctly.”
Oregon coaches Chip Kelly and Helfrich used to recite the “faceless opponent” coachspeak during the Ducks’ 12-year domination of the series that ended with the 2016 blowout.
Petersen is allowing only four players to speak to the media this week. Senior quarterback Jake Browning is not on that list.
The Ducks are free to use their First Amendment rights.
“I want to say we’re Husky hunting and we’re coming after them,” Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell said. “We know they’re a good team, but we’ve got something to prove.”
Pac-12 commissioner admits to errors in video procedure
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott says the conference made procedural mistakes and will make immediate changes in how video reviews are handled during football games.
Scott was responding to a report by Yahoo Sports citing an internal document that showed a replay official believed he had been overruled by a Pac-12 executive on a targeting call during the Washington State-Southern California game on Sept. 21.
Scott says the conference has allowed for “ambiguity” in who is responsible for the final call and no longer will people in oversight roles be allowed input into specific calls. The Pac-12 is one of four Power Five conferences that use a replay review command center to assist on-field officials and in-stadium replay officials during conference games.
Nebraska’s Frost questions Beavers recruiting tactics
Nebraska coach Scott Frost is not happy with the Oregon State Beavers coaching staff.
The Beavers have recently added a trio of former Nebraska players — quarterback Tristan Gebbia, wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and linebacker Avery Roberts.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that those kids were probably in touch with some people that they formerly knew that were here,” Frost said.
He added, “… if someone is contacting our kids while they’re still our kids, then I’m not going to be a fan of that.”