Oregon is going to be one of the biggest public plays of the weekend. As of Thursday afternoon, over 90 percent of the over 7,000 wager have been place on the Ducks and justifiably so with what the public has seen thus far. They saw Oregon absolutely roll last week by a 69-0 score and it could have been worse but they called the dogs off after the fourth quarter. This line continues to rise and being on the road, Oregon backers will consider it low no matter how high it reaches.
Oregon leads the country in both total offense and total defense which is a pretty amazing feat. Until to see why that is the case. The Ducks have faced an FCS team, Portland St., and New Mexico which is going to be one of the worst teams in the FBS. They also took on Tennessee but the Volunteers are in serious rebuilding mode. Overall Oregon has played the 126th ranked schedule in the nation and the two home wins by a combined 141-0 means little if you ask me.
This is going to be the biggest test of the season thus far. Arizona St. came very close to pulling off the road upset last week at Wisconsin but there were some bad breaks that prevented the big victory. The fact that the Sun Devils were even emotionally into the game was surprising with their Pac Ten opener on deck with revenge on top of it. Last week, the Sun Devils did not turn the ball over once. This will again be a key on Saturday as keeping it away from Oregon is a priority.
The Arizona St. defense is going to have a major test, but for the first time this season, Oregon’s defense will be tested. The Sun Devils have found a leader in Michigan transfer quarterback Steven Threet to run head coach Dennis Erickson’s spread offense. Threet essentially had his worst game in terms of statistics against Wisconsin but still completed 64 percent of his passes (21-of-33), for 211 yards and no touchdowns. He has a 144.80 passer rating on the season which is 35th in the nation.
Arizona St. also played Portland St. in its opener and won handily 54-9 and there really is not much of a difference in that score compared to the Ducks contest and it may even be more sided toward Arizona St. since it was the opening game of the season compared to the third game for Oregon. This is a big revenge situation as Arizona St. has dropped five straight to the Ducks including last season’s 44-21 blowout in Eugene. The Sun Devils want payback on offense after gaining just 211 total yards. 3* Arizona St. Sun Devils