Vegas got it wrong, big time.
The Oregon Ducks, favored by 9.5 points - a huge margin in any basically any sport - showed up as they have all season midway through the second quarter, and while they rallied even into the lead, the Washington Huskies pulled out a 34-31 win and the championship of the Pac-12 Conference Friday night.
Michael Penix, Jr., showcased his Heisman Trophy potential, again, against the Ducks by completing 27 of 39 passes for 319 yards and a score, and Dillon Johnson ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the win for the Huskies.
Washington handled Oregon earlier in the season as well, 36-33, when both teams were unbeaten.
The Huskies improved to 13-0, and a certain invitation to the College Football Playoffs.
The Ducks dropped to 11-2, with both losses by a field goal to the Huskies.
Oregon now awaits the shakedown of bowl invitations that will happen Sunday night.
Bo Nix passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon, and also led the team with 69 yards rushing. But, Bucky Irving and Jordan James combined for just 55 yards on 14 carries to complement him.
Oregon trailed 20-3 in the first half before surging into a 24-20 lead early in the fourth quarter. Washington gathered itself and scored on two successive possessions while holding the Ducks to a punt, and led 34-24. Oregon got a lighting-strike touchdown to pull within the final score, but could not regain possession.
Cliff is a lifelong resident of Oregon and has four decades of experience as a writer, photographer, videographer, broadcaster and now producer. He's a grad of Benson and the University of Oregon, and publishes Oregonsports.com as well as OSPN, which is scheduled for delivery as a streaming Mobile App in December.