This weekend’s matchup between Washington and No. 11Oregon pits two 49ers Pac-10 alums against one another. Adam Snyder played tackle at Oregon before being drafted by the 49ers in the 3rd round in 2005. Dashon Goldson is a proud Huskies alum, drafted in the 5th round in 2007.
When I asked Goldson about the matchup, he didn’t hesitate and said, “21-0, U-Dub.”
Why so confident? Oregon is a highly ranked team that has won its last three games at Husky Stadium.
“USC was ranked too and we beat them,” Goldson said.
Snyder also showed strong support for the Ducks saying the score would be “35-0 by halftime.”
Well somebody has to be wrong here. The score predictions are 56 points apart and Snyder only gave a halftime score.
Each team does have several playmakers that the other team will have to account for. Snyder admitted that he doesn’t stay up to date on Oregon football as much as he should, but stand by his team regardless.
Washington hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency this season, beating USC 16-13 and then losing to Arizona State 24-17 with 5 seconds left on the clock.
“My boys are coming off what I would call a heartbreaking loss last week,” Goldson said. “They fell short in the final minutes, final seconds. We own Oregon.”
Goldson still keeps up with the Huskies, highlighting those who now play his former safety position.
“I like their safeties,” Goldson said. “They come up and they bring it. They just have to make sure though that no one gets behind them and they don’t get beat deep. It’s up to them to really take charge of the defense.”
With Washington vastly improved under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, Snyder knows that despite his lopsided halftime prediction, it’s more than likely going to be a close one.
“Being that it is one of our toughest rivals, it will be good game,” Snyder said. “I don’t know if I can predict the score, but it is a tough place to play. Washington-Oregon is probably a bigger rivalry for Oregon than Oregon State.”
I asked Goldson if he was willing to back his team up with the customary routine where the loser has to wear the winning team’s gear.
“I’m willing to do that,” Goldson said. “I’m really confident about this week. I’m going to have to talk to Snyder after this and see what he wants to do.”
Snyder agreed and the bet was officially on.
“I have a jersey, my helmet, a hat,” said Snyder. “Yeah, I have some gear we can switch for sure. I don’t know how I’ll look in purple, but I won’t have to worry about it.”
With Goldson listed at 200 pounds and Snyder up around 325, the exchanging of any jerseys might not be that easy considering the size disparity.
“That’s the whole thing, it don’t matter,” Goldson said about wearing the wrong size. “He’ll have to wear what I give him, no matter how tight or how small. Even if it doesn’t fit him, he has to wear it just like I would have to wear his stuff that won’t fit me.”
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