Oregon (6-3, 3-3 Pac-12) vs. Utah (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12)
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah
When: Saturday, November 10th at 2:30 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-by-Play: Ted Robinson Analyst: Yogi Roth Sideline Reporter: Jill Savage
Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen Analyst: Mike Jorgensen Sideline Reporter: Joey McMurry Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz
Betting Line: Utah (-4) — Over/Under = 54.5
Series History: 22-9 Oregon. The Ducks currently own a two-game winning streak in the series — a dramatic come-from-behind victory two years ago and last year’s dominating win in Eugene. Herbert dominated in Salt Lake City, throwing for 324 yards and three scores while adding 44 rushing yards and one score. The game was a coming out party for Herbert, showing how good he and the Ducks can be.
Oregon Storyline: The Ducks got a much-needed win last week when they beat the Chip Kelly-led UCLA squad. Now Oregon looks to cure its road woes by traveling to Utah, one of the toughest places to play in the country. The Ducks must find a way on offense to spread the ball around more, instead of relying on the greatness of Dillon Mitchell. Also, the Utes are banged up, so Oregon needs to show that killer instinct, particularly at the line of scrimmage. A 9-win regular season is not out of the question, but it all begins Saturday.
Utah Storyline: There might need be a team more banged up in the country than Utah. Four days after losing starting quarterback Tyler Huntley to a broken collarbone, star running back Zack Moss went down during Wednesday’s practice with a season-ending injury. That means, the Utes will rely on its offensive line to help out the backup quarterback and running back. Defensively, Utah is still elite at defending the run, so making Oregon one-dimensional is a must. The Utes are still the front runners for the Pac-12 South crown, but a loss to the Ducks will seriously hurt their chances.
Utah Players to Watch: Freshman QB Jason Shelley; Senior LB Chase Hansen; Junior RB Armand Shyne; Senior LB Cody Barton
Matchup to Watch:Oregon Rush Defense vs. Utah Rush Offense
Draft Slant:Junior WR Dillon Mitchell
Weather Forecast: 46 degrees and mostly sunny at kickoff. Zero-percent chance of rain with 34-percent humidity. Winds expected at 8 mph.
Prediction: Even with a backup quarterback running the Utah’s offense, the Utes still had Moss at running back, making it extremely difficult for Oregon to leave with a win. But with Moss now out, I think it’s exactly the good fortune that the Ducks need. The game should be close early, combining Utah’s rowdy home crowd with Oregon’s road woes, making life difficult on the Ducks. But Herbert and Mitchell get going, the offensive line finds a groove to pave way for the running backs, making the Oregon offense elite. But defensively, coordinator Jim Leavitt comes up with multiple looks and blitz packages to confuse the Utah backups, as Oregon gets a turnover or two that changes the momentum and decides the outcome. The Ducks then run away with the game in the fourth, showing the type of physicality at the line of scrimmage that head coach Mario Cristobal loves.
OREGON 38 — Utah 20