Suffering their first loss of the season and a potential defeat in the national title race, the Oregon Ducks will be looking to take out their frustrations on whoever stands in their way. The Ducks are now 8-1 on the season and they will be hoping for a Stanford Cardinal loss this weekend.
Having taken down the Cardinal earlier in the year, the Utah Utes are relatively prone to upsets. Utah took down a Stanford team that was contending for a national title and could do the same, but will have to hit the road to take on the Ducks which could be the deciding factor.
Oregon has one of the best offenses in the nation and it’s evidenced by their Heisman-contending quarterback and the amount of points they usually put on the board. With the 20th-best passing attack and third-highest scoring team in the nation, Marcus Mariota leads a very skilled offense as the quarterback. He has passed for 2,531 yards and 22 touchdowns to go along with a perfect zero interceptions while rushing for another 495 yards and nine scores. Josh Huff has been his favorite receiver, catching 41 passes for 745 yards and six touchdowns. The run game ranks seventh in the nation behind Byron Marshall‘s 925 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Utah, like I said earlier, is no stranger to the upset. Travis Wilson will lead the way at quarterback for the Utes as he has done all season long and they are hoping he plays as well against Oregon as he did against Stanford. The sophomore quarterback has passed for 1,827 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, but he has also accounted for 16 huge interceptions. Yes, 16 interceptions — that is not a typo. His completion rate is just 56, but his favorite wide out Dres Anderson doesn’t seem to mind, catching 37 passes for 742 yards and six scores.
Defensively, Utah ranks 54th in the nation in points allowed, giving up just 25.1 per game. Also, the Utes rank 67th in yards allowed per game with just over 400 per contest. Oregon ranks 10th in the nation points allowed per game as well as 26th in the nation in yards allowed per game.
Utah will travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Utah 14, Oregon 48