After a hot start to the season, the Oregon Ducks were stymied by the Stanford Cardinal a couple weeks ago and that led to their first loss of the 2013 season. Ranking fifth in the nation with a 9-1 record on the year, the Ducks are hoping for some top teams to lose so they can somehow snag a spot in the BCS title game.
On the other side of the field, the Arizona Wildcats are led by head coach Rich Rodriguez who has taken his second chance in coaching with the Wildcats and run with it. Arizona is 6-4 on the season after starting 6-2 and it will be heading to another bowl game under the head coach.
Oregon has one of the best offenses in the nation behind talented sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota who might be in his final season with the Ducks. Mariota has 2,819 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season, hitting his favorite target, Josh Huff, 45 times for 802 yards and seven touchdowns. Bralon Addison has been another solid target for Mariota, catching 47 passes for 742 yards and seven touchdowns as well. Byron Marshall leads the 10th-ranked rushing offense with 991 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Arizona has to be known for its offense since Rich Rod is the head coach. However, the Wildcats are known more for the run game than the pass game this season. Running back Ka’Deem Carey has been one of the best runners in the nation, accounting for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry. B.J. Denker adds to the pass game as well as the run game, rushing for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns as well as throwing for 1,888 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Wildcats rank 29th in points against per game as well as 59th in the nation in yards against per game with just a yard over 400. Oregon ranks eighth in points allowed as well as 21st in yards allowed per game with 356 per contest.
Oregon will travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 23. The game will be broadcasted on ABC and ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Oregon 48, Arizona 24