No. 19 Oregon (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) at. Arizona (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12)
Where: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
When: Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Play-by-Play: Clay Matvick
Analyst: Dan Orlovsky
Sideline Reporter: Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen
Analyst: Mike Jorgensen
Sideline Reporter: Joey McMurry
Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz
Betting Line: Oregon (-9.5) — Over/Under = 65
Series History: 26-16 Oregon. The Ducks, currently on a two-game winning streak in the series, beat the Wildcats 48-28 last year when quarterback Justin Herbert returned from a five-game absence, Former running back Royce Freeman ran for four touchdowns and Oregon’s defense had its best outing of the season, limiting Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate to 191 total yards and two turnovers.
Oregon Storyline: It’s been the same all year for the Ducks; how do they deal with adversity? Each time Oregon has faced adversity, it has responded in a positive way, but will that still be the case Saturday night in the desert for the Ducks’ second road game in a row? Oregon must prepare for two quarterbacks defensively and getting back to winning the trenches on offense. The season is far from over for the Ducks, but they’re playing for pride now so how do they respond knowing that?
Arizona Storyline: The Wildcats entered the season as a darkhorse contender in the Pac-12 division with Khalil Tate returning at quarterback. But both Arizona and Tate have underwhelmed this season and now the Wildcats find themselves just trying to make a bowl game. Arizona will have to limit mistakes on offense and contain Oregon’s high-powered offense to have any chance for the win.
Oregon Players to Watch: Junior QB Justin Herbert; Junior LB Troy Dye; Junior OG Shane Lemieux; Sophomore NT Jordon Scott
Arizona Players to Watch: Junior QB Khalil Tate; Sophomore QB Rhett Rodriguez; Sophomore RB JJ Taylor; Sophomore LB Colin Schooler
Matchup to Watch: Oregon Rush Defense vs. Arizona Rush Offense
Draft Slant:Junior WR Dillon Mitchell
Oregon Depth Chart:Click Here
Arizona Depth Chart:Click Here
Weather Forecast: 75 degrees and night time at kickoff. Zero-percent chance of rain with 35-percent humidity. Winds expected at 3 mph.
Prediction: Oregon got decimated in the first half by Washington State last week but responded with a great second half before the comeback bid fell short. Which Oregon team shows up this week will ultimately decide the game. The Ducks are the more physical, athletic, and overall talented team but Arizona is desperate for wins to just make a bowl game. The Wildcats might get a healthy Khalil Tate back tonight but in the end, Justin Herbert and the Oregon offense will get off to a fast start and be too much too handle. Oregon’s defense will force a few turnovers to contain the Wildcats running game. And the Ducks will leave the desert by not being a victim to the “Pac-12 After Dark” special.
OREGON 45 — Arizona 20