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5 Bold Predictions for Oregon vs. Arizona

5 Bold Predictions for Oregon-Arizona

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The Pac-12 title game is one that many people were probably wishing to see. Sure, at the beginning of the season, no one thought an unranked Arizona team with freshmen starting at quarterback and running back would give an explosive Oregon team a run for its money, but it has already beaten the Ducks once this season. The rematch is sure to live up to the hype.

Let's take a look at five bold predictions for the Pac-12 title game.

Marcus Mariota Records Six Total TDs

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Marcus Mariota Records Six Total TDs

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As the best quarterback in the nation, Marcus Mariota has a knack for finding the endzone. Mariota can run the ball just as well as he can toss it, racking up six total touchdowns in this one -- four through the air and two on the ground.

Anu Solomon Keeps Up With Mariota

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Anu Solomon Keeps Up With Mariota

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This will be like a game of H-O-R-S-E for a while as the freshman quarterback from Arizona will do his best to go step-for-step with Mariota, keeping the game close until the fourth quarter. Solomon has a very bright future and people will see that in this one. This won't be his last Pac-12 title appearance.

Royce Freeman Rushes for 150 Yards

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Royce Freeman Rushes for 150 Yards

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As one of the most underrated freshman running backs in the nation, Royce Freeman has quietly put together a 1,000-yard season to go along with 15 rushing scores. That success will continue as he will rush for over 150 yards in the national spotlight, finally coming out of Mariota's shadows.

Nick Wilson Also Rushes for 150 Yards

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Nick Wilson Also Rushes for 150 Yards

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This might turn into a game of "anything you can do, I can do better" between Nick Wilson and Freeman as well as Anu Solomon and Mariota. Wilson will do his best to prove he is the best freshman running back in this contest, rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon Wins With a Late Touchdown

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Oregon Wins With a Late Touchdown

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I don't think there's any doubt in my mind that the Ducks win the rematch between these two teams, it's just the fashion of the win that I'm not confident about. Oregon will win with a late touchdown that demoralizes the young Wildcats as they are unable to answer in the final minutes.





Oregon and Arizona will meet up for the Pac-12 title game. Let's take a look at five bold predictions for the matchup.

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In a rematch of one of the biggest upsets of the season — at the time — the Arizona Wildcats will square off with the No. 2 Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 title game. If you’re looking for a high-scoring affair, you’ve come to the right place as these teams know how to put up points and the defenses rank near the bottom of the nation.

Oregon has one of the best quarterbacks in the entire nation and he is the main reason why this team has a chance to play for a national title in a few weeks. Marcus Mariota has been the fuel to this team’s engine in 2014, passing for 3,470 yards, 36 touchdowns and just two interceptions while completing 69 percent of his passes. Don’t forget the fact that he can run exceedingly well, racking up 636 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He trails only Royce Freeman‘s 1,185 yards and 16 rushing scores in the run game. Outside of Mariota, Byron Marshall might be the offense’s best weapon as the running back leads the team in receiving with 791 yards and five touchdowns on 56 catches while also rushing for 352 yards and a score. Freshman wide out Devon Allen is the next closest target, catching 36 passes for 638 yards and six touchdowns.

While you might think Oregon’s offense is better than Arizona’s by miles, you might want to check again. Thanks to Rich Rodriguez‘s stellar leadership and coaching, the Wildcats own one of the nation’s best passing attacks while averaging nearly 40 points per game. Freshman stud quarterback Anu Solomon has been great this year, passing for 3,424 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for another 282 yards and a score. He’s not the only freshman getting the job done as running back Nick Wilson leads the run game with 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns while senior Terris Jones-Grigsby is second on the team with 513 yards and three scores. Sophomore transfer Cayleb Jones is a major threat in the receiving game, grabbing 63 passes for 831 yards and eight touchdowns. Samajie Grant is second on the team with 645 yards and five touchdown catches.

Defensively, the Wildcats have not been as solid as they have been on offense this season. Arizona ranks 96th in total yards allowed as well as 57th nationally in points allowed per game. Oregon hasn’t been much better, ranking 89th in total yards surrendered as well as a more solid 32nd in scoring defense.

Arizona will travel to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to take on the Ducks at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 5. The game will be broadcasted on FOX.

PREDICTION: Oregon 49, Arizona 42

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

Oregon and Arizona will face off for the Pac-12 title game. Who will come out on top?

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