Arizona at Oregon: 9/25/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Oregon Ducks (3-0) vs Arizona Wildcats (0-3)
Game Info: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10:30 pm (Autzen Stadium)
Betting Odds: Oregon Ducks -28.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Arizona Wildcats will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the 3rd ranked Oregon Ducks this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Arizona Wildcats dropped to 0-3 on the season after being defeated by the FCS Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 21-19, this past Saturday. Arizona raced out to an early 13-0 lead against Northern Arizona, however, the Lumberjacks were able to score 21-unanswerd points to take a 21-13 lead and although Arizona scored a late TD, the 2-point conversation failed and Northern Arizona was able to run out the clock in the ensuing possession. Arizona outgained Northern Arizona by a 363-240 margin and committed 3 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was WR Boobie Curry who had 3 receptions for 55 yards & 2 TD.
On the season, Arizona is averaging 16.3 ppg on 339.7 total yards per game (260.3 passing yds/g; 79.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona has used two QB’s this year in Will Plummer (53.7 Comp %, 309 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) & Gunner Cruz (68.8 Comp %, 406 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT). The top receiving threats for the Wildcats have been Stanley Berryhill III (28 rec, 263 yards, TD), Tayvian Cunningham (12 rec, 168 yards, TD), & BJ Casteel (14 rec, 128 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Arizona backfield has been the duo of Drake Anderson (25 att, 115 yards) & Michael Wiley (23 att, 69 yards).
Defensively, Arizona is allowing 27.7 ppg on 354.0 total yards per game (160.7 passing yds/g; 193.3 rushing yds/g).
The 3rd ranked Oregon Ducks improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Stony Brook Seawolves, 48-7, this past Saturday. Oregon lead by just a 17-7 margin at halftime, however, the Ducks dominated on both ends of the field throughout the 2nd half and pulled away after a 3-yard TD run by Travis Dye gave the Ducks a 31-7 lead with 1:38 left in the 3rd quarter. Oregon outgained Stony Brooks by a 436-271 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Ducks was RB Travis Dye who had 87 rushing yards & 1 TD on 15 carries.
On the season, Oregon is averaging 38.0 ppg on 433.0 total yards per game (223.7 passing yds/g; 209.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon has been led by RB duo of CJ Verdell (49 att, 289 yards, 3 TD); 8 rec, 70 yards, 2 TD) & Travis Dye ( 36 yards, 194 yards, 3 TD). QB Anthony Brown has completed 58.7% of his passes for 567 yards & 4 TD while also rushing for 122 yards & 2 TD’s on 30 carries. The top receivers for Brown and the Ducks have been Johnny Johnson III (7 rec, 117 yards, TD), Mycah Pittman (4 rec, 70 yards), & Dont’e Thornton (2 rec, 60 yards, TD).
Defensively, Oregon is holding their opponents to an average of 19.7 ppg on 418.7 total yards per game (304.3 passing yds/g; 114.3 rushing yds/g).
The Wildcats are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 road games and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning record. The Ducks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss.
Arizona comes into this game losing their last 15 games and I imagine they don’t have much confidence after losing to the previous winless FCS Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at home. Oregon is a top-5 team in the country that has a relentless rushing attack and as I see the Ducks defense also finding the end zone in this one, I see Oregon pulling away in the 2nd half and covering this large spread. Good Luck!