Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
When: Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. — Tailgate opens at 1:30 p.m. — Stadium opens at 6 p.m.
*TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-by-Play: Roxy Bernstein
Analyst: Anthony Herron
Sideline Reporter: Lewis Johnson
*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 (-3.5) — Over/Under = 64
Series History: 19-17 Oregon. The Ducks’ 10-game winning streak in the series came to an end last season when Arizona State upset then-ranked No. 24 Oregon 37-35 on a 41-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining in the game. Two years ago, Herbert got his first career win when he threw for a program-record tying 489 yards and four scores in the 54-35 win.
Oregon Storyline: It’s senior night for the Ducks, a group that has seen the worst Oregon has been in the last decade. More importantly, is the last time hometown hero Justin Herbert, linebacker Troy Dye and wide receiver Dillon Mitchell — all juniors with NFL futures — run out of the tunnel and into Autzen? The Ducks say they’ll remain committed to the run despite their recent struggles while the offense will also look for someone else to step up. Banged up defensively, Oregon must rally to contain the ASU running game. At the end of the day, this is a game the Ducks must win to make the season seem successful and improve on last year’s record.
Arizona State Storyline: For the Sun Devils, it all starts with the three-headed monster on offense in quarterback Manny Wilkins, running back Eno Benjamin and wide receiver N’Keal Harry. All three are special in their own regard but it’s Harry who could give the Oregon secondary fits all night, that’s why the Ducks’ pass rush will be vital to success. First year head coach Herm Edwards is still searching for a signature road win — and it could come in Autzen where it’s notoriously difficult to play.
Arizona State Players to Watch: Junior WR N’Keal Harry; Sophomore RB Eno Benjamin; Senior QB Manny Wilkins; Freshman LB Merlin Robertson
Matchup to Watch:Oregon Rush Offense vs. Arizona State Rush Defense
Draft Slant:Junior LB Troy Dye
Weather Forecast: 43 degrees and clear at kickoff. Zero-percent chance of rain with 75-percent humidity. Winds expected at 3 mph.
Prediction: This is a tough one to call. On one hand, the Ducks are significantly different and better team at home. Plus, with it being senior night, you can expect heightened emotions to send the veterans off in the right way. But Arizona State is the hotter team with the better weapons on offense, although the loss of freshman linebacker Merlon Robertson for the first half could prove costly. Oregon has gotten off to painfully slow starts with suspicious play-calling in three of the past four game — but the one anomaly was when the Ducks were at home. Call it a gut moment but I’m taking Oregon. I think the offense becomes creative enough to score, and the defense led by three seniors (one at each level) finds a way to get a clutch stop, and a turnover, in the second half to preserve the win and walk off the field for the last time in a good way.
OREGON 41 — Arizona State 37