The No. 5 Oregon Ducks make the trip to Tucson this week to take on the Arizona Wildcats in a Pac-12 showdown on Saturday.
Oregon hopes to keep its national title aspirations alive two weeks after being upset by Stanford, as the 9-1 Ducks are coming off a win last week over Utah. Oregon ranks third in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 50.9 points per game, and is eighth in total defense, allowing an average of 18.2 points per contest.
Arizona is 6-4, but on a two-game skid. The Wildcats are led by star running back Ka'Deem Carey, who ranks second in the country in rushing average at 150.3 yards.
Oregon has won 12 of the teams' last 14 meetings and leads the series, 24-14. Here is everything to know before these two Pac-12 rivals get together.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
Television: ABC, ESPN2
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: N/A
- Spread: Oregon (-20.5)
Ducks Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Colt Lyerla||TE||10/07/2013||has left the team||Out||personal|
Wildcats Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Dakota Conwell||LB||09/05/2013||is expected to miss the remainder of the season||Out||concussion|
|C.J. Dozier||LB||09/05/2013||is expected to miss the remainder of the season||Out||concussion|
|Trevor Ermisch||WR||11/04/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
|Austin Hill||WR||08/21/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||knee|
|Davonte' Neal||WR||08/31/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||eligibility|
|Garic Wharton||WR||11/18/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Oregon||Questionable||hip|
Can Arizona Ride Ka'Deem Carey to an Upset?
Arizona enters as a major underdog for a reason. The Wildcats average 33 points per game with an offense that churns out its production on the ground with Carey carrying the ball.
Averaging 5.6 yards per rush this season, Carey has 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games. The junior back has been especially productive in his last four outings:
Arizona needs more of the same to pull off the home upset. Time of possession means little if the Wildcats cannot score efficiently, but it's a good place to start. In Stanford's upset of Oregon, the Cardinal held the ball for more than 42 minutes by having Tyler Gaffney run the ball 45 times for 157 yards.
In order to beat the Ducks, Carey and the Wildcats must play more like Stanford did against Oregon than Utah did. The Utes held the ball for over 34 minutes last week, but only scored 21 points with Bubba Poole as their leading rusher at 54 yards.
Which team wins?
The last time that the Wildcats beat the Ducks was in 2007, when Oregon had national title hopes as the No. 2 team in the country.
Don't expect Arizona to dash Eugene's hopes this time.
When these two met in Oregon last year, the Ducks rolled to a 49-0 victory behind quarterback Marcus Mariota (who is even better this year) and a strong defensive effort that limited Carey to just 79 yards rushing.
With the focus again on shutting down Carey, the Ducks will roll to another comfortable victory.
Final Score: Ducks 38, Wildcats 10