Oregon visits Arizona after beating Stanford in a blowout. Arizona also just won in a blowout against Colorado. Arizona is much better than they were last year, so this could be a very interesting matchup. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some pick and predictions for this game!
Oregon vs. Arizona Odds
Oregon is a 13-point road favorite and is at -490 on the money line. The over/under is also set at 70. Oregon being favored by that much makes sense because Arizona has improved, but they aren’t necessarily on Oregon’s level yet. The over/under being set at 70 makes a lot of sense too. Both of these offenses can move the ball a ton, and have the ability to score a lot of points. Keep an eye on the spread here because there’s a chance it goes up even more in Oregon’s favor.
Oregon vs. Arizona Prediction
The Pick: Oregon -13
The Oregon Ducks have improved steadily throughout the year after that embarrassing loss to Georgia in Week 1. The biggest key to that improvement has been how the offense has looked. The Ducks are averaging 41 points and 499 total yards a game on offense, and the main engineer of that offense is Bo Nix at quarterback. He’s been inconsistent throughout his career, but this year he’s rebounded very well ever since that awful showing against Georgia. Bucky Irving at running back and Troy Franklin at receiver are also difference makers.
The Ducks defense might have an issue with Arizona’s passing attack, but in total they are only allowing 377 yards a game. Arizona has been very improved since last year. The biggest difference is how the offense has looked. Arizona had one of the worst offenses in the country last year and a major overhaul was done in the offseason to shore that up, and it starts with Jayden de Laura starting at quarterback. He’s come in and revitalized that offense along with all of the great receivers they have as well. However, the difference is Arizona’s defense.
The Wildcats are not great on that end, and the only real difference is that they have been able to force turnovers this year, as compared to last year. That defense is the biggest reason why the Ducks are the more reliable pick in this game. Arizona is a better team than last year, but they aren’t on Oregon’s level of competition just yet.
Oregon vs. Arizona Key Matchups
Can the Arizona front seven do anything to stop Bucky Irving and the Oregon running game? Will Oregon’s secondary be able to slow down Jayden de Laura?
Bucky Irving vs the Arizona Front Seven
Bucky Irving has become the go-to running back for Oregon this year, and is the biggest key in this game, even over Bo Nix. Irving has been very good and reliable this year up to this point. He has 48 carries, 362 rushing yards, and only one touchdown up to this point. However, expect Oregon to emphasize the run heavily based on how Arizona’s defense has looked against the run. Arizona’s allowing 213 rushing yards per game and had allowed 283 rushing yards to North Dakota State, and then 354 rushing yards to Cal in consecutive weeks. Irving being the primary running back for the Ducks makes him a difference maker in this game against an Arizona defense that has yet to prove it can stop the run.
Jayden de Laura vs the Oregon Secondary
Jayden de Laura has had a great season so far for the Arizona Wildcats. He’s thrown for 1,633 yards and also has 14 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He also has a 63% completion percentage on the year. His best game was just last week when he threw for 484 yards and six touchdowns. He has had a tendency to force throws this year, which is why the Oregon secondary will be a big factor here. The Oregon passing defense has been okay at best by giving up 282 yards a game threw the air up to this point, with the most being against Georgia at 439 passing yards. De Laura is the key for Arizona in this game, so it will be huge if Oregon can slow him down.
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