Just one short week ago, it looked like the Oregon Ducks‘ BCS title hopes as we knew it were gone. The Ducks were blown away against the Arizona Wildcats on the road and it wasn’t even close. While this team is still a legitimate threat and national power, the Ducks will be looking toward next season already.
Starting the season in the Top 25 rankings before losing to an FCS school, the Oregon State Beavers were supposed to challenge for a Pac-12 title, but they have done anything but. The loss to an FCS school was a sign of things to come as the Beavers have now lost four in a row and dropped to 6-5 on the season.
Oregon may still have one of the best offenses in the nation although it was held to just 16 points a week ago at Arizona. The Ducks are a scary team to play, even if they were blown out, scoring nearly 50 points per game. Marcus Mariota‘s Heisman hopes may have gone down the drain, but 3,127 yards and 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions on the season have been impressive nonetheless. Josh Huff has been his favorite target, catching 48 passes for 850 yards and eight touchdowns. Byron Marshall leads the 10th-ranked rushing attack with 995 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Oregon State has one of the top passing quarterbacks who has accounted for the third-ranked passing offense in the country. Sean Mannion has been solid all season long, passing for 4,089 yards and 34 touchdowns to go along with 13 interceptions. It’s not often you see a college quarterback throw as many passes, 523, as Mannion has through 11 games. Brandin Cooks has been one of the best wide outs in the nation, catching 110 passes for 1,560 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 120th-ranked rushing attack makes up for the strong pass game.
Defensively, Oregon had been solid all season long before struggling for the past three weeks, leading to a 1-2 record. Oregon ranks 21st in points allowed as well as 35th in points allowed per game. Oregon State ranks 95th in points allowed as well as 53rd in yards allowed per game.
Oregon State will travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks at 7 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 29. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Oregon State 20, Oregon 42