EUGENE - Mark Helfrich said the only statistic No. 2 Oregon cares about is 5-0.

But the Ducks, who have overwhelmed their opponents by an absurd average score of 59.2 to 11.8, understand the perfect record has come against very flawed teams.

Nicholls is 2-0 against other FCS competition, but the Colonels were crushed 70-7 at Louisiana-Lafayette two weeks after losing 66-3 in Eugene to open the season.

Virginia fell to 2-3 overall after a humiliating 48-27 home loss to Ball State last Saturday. The Ducks rolled the Cavaliers 59-10 in Charlottesville on Sept. 7.

Tennessee, the most athletic team Oregon has played to date, is 3-3 after letting an upset of No. 6 Georgia slip away in overtime. The Volunteers were blown out 59-14 by the Ducks and still have to face No. 14 South Carolina, No. 1 Alabama and No. 25 Missouri the next three weeks.

California (1-4, 0-2) and Colorado (2-2, 0-2) appear to be the two worst teams in the Pac-12. Oregon beat the Bears (55-16) and the Buffaloes (57-16) without much resistance to begin conference play.

Getting to 6-0 figures to be more difficult. Marcus Mariota might even have to play in the fourth quarter.

The Ducks will have to beat No. 16 Washington on Saturday at Husky Stadium (1 p.m., Fox Sports 1). Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) are in a bad mood coming off a hard-to-swallow 31-28 defeat at No, 5 Stanford last week.

"I think certainly they're the most complete team we've played," Helfrich said after watching film of Washington out-gaining Stanford 489-284 in total yards. "They've got a lot of big, fast, talented guys. Their schemes have changed, I think, to accentuate that athleticism in some of their skill guys."

Keith Price has completed 114 of 160 passes this season with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. The senior quarterback was 33-for-48 passing for 350 yards and two touchdowns against Stanford's stout defense.

Running back Bishop Sankey leads the Pac-12 and is fourth nationally averaging 146.4 yards per game. The junior has eight touchdowns this season (seven rushing, one receiving).

Washington is third in the Pac-12 in total offense (557.0 yards per game) and seventh in scoring offense (37.4 points per game).

"(Price) seems to be playing with a lot of confidence and he's throwing the ball really well. He's controlling that offense. I'm very impressed," Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said. "They had a chance to beat Stanford, so they're a good football team."

Washington's defense has improved dramatically since Robert Griffin III and Baylor shredded it for 777 yards during a 67-56 victory in the Alamo Bowl after the 2011 season.

Second-year defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, a former Oregon player, has the Huskies ranked No. 1 in total defense (287.8 yards per game) and No. 3 in scoring defense (14.8 points per game) in the Pac-12.

Marcus Mariota, who still hasn't thrown an interception this season, will be facing the conference's top pass defense. Washington has only given up an average of 146.4 yards per game through the air with seven interceptions and only two passing touchdowns allowed all season.

"They're athletic, but more impressive to me as a coach, they're very sound and good at technique," Oregon wide receivers coach Matt Lubick said. "You don't see a lot of busted coverages, you don't see guys running wide open, which are some of the things we look for on film. They just do a good job, very fundamentally sound."

Nicholls (182), Virginia (90), Tennessee (47), Cal (102) and CU (92) didn't fare much better in Jeff Sagarin's latest ratings than they did against the Ducks.

For what it's worth, the computer formula has Oregon No. 1 and Washington No. 11 this week.

"We've just got an opponent that's definitely stacked on all fronts," senior safety Brian Jackson said of the Huskies, who are looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Ducks. "It's definitely going to be the best team we've played this year, and we all are looking forward to that challenge."

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