The Ducks and Buffs both failed in their Big Ten road games last week. Which one will bounce back? Check out the Oregon vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.
Oregon (2-1) vs. Colorado (2-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Game Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Why Oregon Will Win
The past is the past and it doesn’t really matter when it comes to the 2016 teams, but in terms of streaks, Oregon has won six in a row over the Buffs ever since Joey Harrington got the job done in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl.
This year, Colorado is coming into Eugene short-handed, losing with QB Sefo Liufau hurting with an ankle problem. Losing a veteran linebacker for the year to a knee injury – Derek McCartney – is bad enough against the Oregon offense, but it’s uh-oh time if Liufau can’t go.
Steven Montez missed all seven of his throws against Michigan after Liufau went down.
This is an active and dangerous defense that put together two great games and a strong start against Michigan before the roof caved in, getting hit for enough big plays against the Wolverine stars – including Jabrill Peppers and his brilliant return for a score – to not be able to keep up the pace.
The Oregon running game has been solid averaging close to 300 yards per game, and if it can get rolling early, the Buffs won’t have an answer.
Why Colorado Will Win
The Ducks have a problem of their own with star RB Royce Freeman suffering a knee injury against Nebraska, lightning-fast WR Devon Allen out for the year, and OT Tyrell Crosby done, too.
The machine will still work without them, but it just won’t be as well-oiled.
Even though Michigan eventually took over and turned the game into a rout, the Buff defense held its own with the defensive front winning its share of battles with three sacks and six tackles for loss.
Oregon will have its moments, but the attack bogged down against Nebraska and should have its moments where it stalls. That’s when Colorado has to take advantage.
The Buff running attack didn’t go anywhere against Michigan, but it should be smooth sailing against a porous Oregon defense that’s not up to its normal snuff. The linebackers are making way too many plays down the field, there isn’t enough happening behind the line to scare anyone, and if Colorado can stay with it, the openings will come.
As always, Oregon won’t have the ball. It’s keeping it for just over 25 minutes a game so far, while Colorado is grinding it out for over 33 minutes. The Duck D seemed to wear down against the Huskers, and that might be a problem against CU, too.
What’s Going To Happen?
Which team is actually good? Colorado threw about as much of a scare into Michigan as it could’ve considering it lost 45-28. The defense has been the real deal, and the offense has been terrific …
When Liufau is 100%.
Oregon won’t blow up and it won’t look the part of a possible Pac-12 champ, but it’ll be just effective enough to get by against a Buffalo passing game that won’t be able to keep up. The Ducks will win, but with some key parts of the O missing, it won’t be convincing.
Oregon vs. Colorado Prediction
Final Score: Oregon 24, Colorado 16
Line: Oregon -10, o/u: 68.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Xmas in September – 1: Get out now … 1.5
Must See Rating: 5: The Magnificent Seven – 1: The Voice … 3.5