Dr. Bob Previews Oregon (-5) Vs. #18 UTAH

Robert StollCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Oregon Ducks runs with the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers  at Autzen Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

OREGON (-5.0) 28 #18 Utah 24

12:30 PM Pacific Time Saturday, Sep-19

OREGON (-5) 28 Utah 24
Utah has the nation's longest winning streak at 16 games, but the Utes face a tough test in Eugene, as the Ducks should start to play better now that they've gotten over their ugly loss at Boise State with a hard fought victory over Purdue last week in which they out-gained the Boilermakers 6.0 yppl to 5.2 yppl.

Oregon's offense is not as good as most people expected this season, but their defense has held two good offensive teams to just 4.7 yppl. That unit will have another big test today against a Utah attack that looks better this season with Terrance Cain at quarterback than it did last season with veteran Brian Johnson. Cain has averaged 8.3 yards per pass play and the Utes have averaged 6.8 yppl against Utah State and San Jose State.

They'll be taking a huge step up in class today against the Ducks' stop unit and my ratings suggest that their winning streak will end (my ratings favor Oregon by 6). However, Utah is 47-16-2 ATS as an underdog, including 9-4-1 ATS under coach Whittingham.

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