Oregon will host Utah on Saturday in Eugene, but it's no gimme the Ducks will get back on track with a win against the feisty Utes.
Just one week after losing to Stanford for the second year in a row, Oregon takes on the only team that has beaten the Cardinal this year. Though Utah's record wouldn't indicate it (4-5), this is a feisty team that played UCLA and Arizona State close this season, in addition to taking down the mighty Cardinal.
The Ducks won't be playing nice at home this weekend, still smarting from the loss that will likely keep them out of the BCS National Championship Game. Stanford dominated Oregon for over three quarters before finally relenting 20 points in garbage time.
It will be interesting to watch Oregon to see how the team responds this Saturday.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action, along with injury reports for both teams and a closer look at the biggest key to the game, followed by a final prediction.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 64 points
- Spread: Oregon (-26)
Utah Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Westlee Tonga||TE||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/11/13|
|Jake Murphy||TE||Out for season - Wrist - 10/9/13|
|Kenneth Scott||WR||Out for season - Knee - 8/31/13|
|Brian Blechen||DB||Out indefinitely - Knee - 9/15/13|
|Jarrell Oliver||RB||Out for season - Foot - 8/15/13|
|Stevie Tu'ikolovatu||DL||Out for season - Foot - 8/15/13|
|Reshawn Hooker||LB||Out indefinitely - Concussion - 8/17/13|
Oregon Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Josh Huff||WR||Ques Sat - Concussion - 11/10/13|
Can Utah Follow Stanford's Blueprint on Saturday?
Oregon lost to Stanford because the Ducks couldn't shut down Tyler Gaffney and the Cardinal running game.
Gaffney rushed 45 times, which was a school record, churning out 3.5 yards per carry, and Stanford finished the game with 274 rushing yards.
As a result, Marcus Mariota and his teammates on offense only had the ball for 17 minutes, 26 seconds. Incredibly, the Ducks still managed to total 312 yards of offense and 20 points, showing just how potent this Oregon offense truly is.
Utah doesn't feature a particularly powerful offense, though, either throwing or running the ball. Making matters worse, the Utes don't feature a particularly dominant defense, either, and teams are scoring 25.1 points per game on average.
Therefore, nobody should expect the Utes to replicate what Stanford was able to do.
Utah has only allowed one team to score 50-plus points this year.
The Oregon State Beavers hung 51 on the Utes in the third game of the season, but this team hasn't allowed more than 35 in a game since then.
Which team will win?
That trend is about to change.
Marcus Mariota was completely bottled up by Stanford's defense, as was the team's running game. You can expect a huge rebound performance this weekend.
Oregon is going to hang at least 50 points on Utah at home on Saturday to improve to 9-1 on the season.
Oregon wins 59-14.
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