Points are not going to be hard to come by at Autzen Stadium this Saturday as the Oregon Ducks host the Tennessee Volunteers.
These two high-powered teams are breaking scoreboards so far this season. Tennessee is 2-0 after having beaten Austin Peay and Western Kentucky by the combined score of 97-20.
That impressive tally isn't going to send Oregon running in fear, however. The Ducks have beaten Nicholls State and Virginia by the combined score of 125-13, as the Ducks have made a seamless transition to first-year coach Mark Helfrich.
This game is going to be fast, exciting and high scoring.
When: Saturday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon
TV Broadcast: ABC
Spread: Oregon -27.5 via Covers.com
Injury info via USA Today.
Questionable: Curt Maggitt, LB, Knee; Michael Williams, DB, Undisclosed
Out: Devrin Young, WR, Wrist; Riyahd Jones, DB, Calf; Corey Vereen, DE, Knee; Jacques Smith, DL, Thumb
Questionable: Pharaoh Brown, TE, Undisclosed
Key Storyline: Can the Volunteers Eliminate Ducks' Big Plays?
If the Ducks' blur of an offense is going to be slowed down, Tennessee can't let the Ducks sprint in for long scores.
So far this season, Oregon has averaged 22.9 yards on its 17 touchdowns. This has the potential to be extremely troublesome for the Volunteers.
Last season, Tennessee managed to allow 14 touchdowns of 40 yards or more. That includes seven touchdowns that went for 70 yards or more.
So, far Tennessee is allowing its opponent 4.1 yards per play. That is a nice number, but the defense hasn't faced the stiffest tests yet, and the Ducks arguably offer a defense the stiffest test in the nation.
Will Oregon cover the spread?
Tennessee has looked strong in its start to this season—especially in the turnover department where the Volunteers are a magnificent plus-seven.
That kind of prowess will mask a lot of defensive deficiencies; however, it isn't sustainable—specifically when considering the step up in competition.
Tennessee will stay competitive in the first half and then get blown out in the second as Oregon wears it down.
Oregon 47, Tennessee 20