Oregon Ducks at Utah Utes Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Utah Utes will host the Oregon Ducks in a Pac-12 battle on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. Utah had their four-game winning streak snapped in a week 10 loss to Arizona State last weekend. Oregon had lost two straight games before beating the UCLA Bruins last weekend at home. Utah has lost three consecutive games to Oregon but will try to stop that trend with a win on Saturday.
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The Utes come into this game as the 15th ranked team in the nation and are in a first-place tie with USC at the top of the Pac-12 South. Utah holds the tie-breaker over the Trojans after beating them two weeks ago, but need two more wins to secure the division. Oregon became bowl eligible with their victory over UCLA, and come in with a 6-3 overall record. Utah is a three-point favorite over the Ducks in this game.
Utah Loses Star QB
The Utah offense will look much different in this game as star quarterback Tyler Huntley will miss the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone. Huntley had accounted for 16 touchdowns so far this season and was a dual threat QB that was capable of making big plays. Redshirt freshman Jason Shelley will be the starter going forward, and he has completed just seven career passes. Utah will need to have other players step up in this game.
Defensively, Utah has performed well so far this season, giving up just 19.1 points per game this season. Utah gave up three touchdown passes in that game, and they have struggled to defend the pass this season. The Utes will need to find a way to slow down the passing attack of the Oregon Ducks led by quarterback Justin Herbert. The defense will have more pressure on them with QB Huntley out for the season.
Oregon Struggling With Consistency
Oregon has shown the ability to play with the top teams in the country so far this season, but they have also had some disappointing losses. The Ducks are averaging 37.2 points per game so far this season, with quarterback Justin Herbert under center. Herbert has thrown for over 2,300 yards and 22 touchdowns this season to pace the Ducks on offense. Oregon will need a big game from Herbert in this matchup.
The Ducks defense has struggled in Pac-12 games this season, but are catching a big break with Huntley being injured. Look for Oregon to turn up the defensive pressure and try to get a bunch of hits on the redshirt freshman quarterback in this game. Oregon has the ability to put up a low number in this game.
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Utah looked to be heading toward a Pac-12 South title, but it will be difficult to do with a freshman quarterback. The Utes still have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, but they struggled mightily against Arizona State. Look for Justin Herbert to lead the Oregon offense to a big game in an upset victory over Utah on Saturday.