No. 12 Oregon Ducks (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 10 Utah Utes (8-2, 6-1)
When: 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday, Nov. 19
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene
Coaches: Dan Lanning, first year (8-2); Kyle Whittingham, 18th year (152-72)
Latest line: Utah by 2.5
TV channel: ESPN
On air: Radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene
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What’s at stake: For Oregon, a win would be a huge response following a gutting loss to Washington and if it comes without Bo Nix it would be an incredible statement about the mettle of the program. A loss combined with a USC win over UCLA leaves the Ducks out of the conference title game as Utah is not losing to Colorado under any circumstance. For Utah, a win effectively clinches a berth in the conference title game as Colorado poses no threat whatsoever. Similarly, a loss and USC win puts the Utes on the outside looking in at the title game but a UCLA win keeps Utah’s hopes alive even with a defeat.
Oregon offense vs. Utah defense
Nix’s status for the game is questionable. Without him, Oregon will have to heavily rely on its ground game to churn out yards and play a possession style game. If there’s an offensive coordinator in this conference capable of such a shift, it’s Kenny Dillingham, since the Ducks fluctuate tempo in games. But regardless of who the quarterback is, the uncertain status of Alex Forsyth and Ryan Walk makes any plan less than optimal given their experience and quality of play. Whoever is throwing the ball will need to avoid Clark Phillips III at all costs and if the Utes have the top corner in the league mirror Troy Franklin all night it’s going to be hard for Oregon to find much success in the air. If Ty Thompson does start, Utah is absolutely not the first defense he’d want to face in a meaningful spot.
Oregon defense vs. Utah offense
The Ducks were manhandled on the line of scrimmage by the Utes last season and though that disparity shouldn’t be as wide this season, the lack of pass rush for UO makes for a brutal matchup. Utah won’t have to rely on short passes all night and Cameron Rising with time to throw and pick apart zone coverage could make for a long night. Tavion Thomas runs angry and could be a major problem for Oregon’s defense. Utah is another top 10 third down offense that will likely have a banner day against UO’s defense.
Did you know?
- Dalton Kincaid has 17 catches of 15 or more yards out of his 50 catches this season
Matchup to watch: Oregon’s offensive line vs. Utah’s front seven
Regardless of who’s at quarterback, Oregon’s offensive line has to remain as stout in pass protection and effective in run blocking as it has been all season against a Utah front is good against the run. If the Utes can generate pass rush, especially if Thompson is at quarterback, and load the box to outnumber Oregon’s running game, the Ducks have no chance.
They said it: “If anybody needs extra motivation for this week that’s a problem.” — Oregon edge rusher DJ Johnson
Utah is averaging 210.1 rushing yards per game, including 207.29 in Pac-12 play. Oregon has yet to allow 200 rushing yards in a game this season but has lost two straight when doing so, the first coming against the Utes last season.
Prediction: Utah 35, Oregon 21
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