Utah vs. Oregon Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Utah vs. Oregon fearless prediction and game preview.
Utah (4-3) vs. Oregon (4-4) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 5:45 pm ET
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Network: Pac-12 Network
Which one can pull up out of the nosedive first?
Utah battled hard in close losses to Stanford and USC, and then got hammered by Arizona State, making it yet another year when the program will own the honor of being the only one from the South who hasn’t played in a Pac-12 championship.
But this is the week it had better get everything right. With Washington State and a trip to Washington to follow, there’s no guarantee the Utes will go bowling if they lose this.
But Utah is at least playing well. Oregon has been a fall-off-the-cliff disaster since losing QB Justin Herbert.
The Ducks went from looking like potential Pac-12 title contenders to being everyone’s layup, getting housed by Washington State, Stanford and UCLA by a combined score of 113-31.
The defense has been mediocre, the offense has stopped, and now, with a trip to Washington up next and a hot Arizona team to follow, like Utah, a loss here probably means no bowl trip.
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
Oregon’s biggest issue is the total lack of a passing game since Herbert got hurt. The ground game still works a little bit – the 246 yards against a miserable UCLA defense were disappointing, though – but there’s absolutely nothing coming from the Duck quarterbacks.
Oregon started out the season with a part of 350+ yard passing games, and rolled to over 1,200 yards over the first four games. The production dipped, and then bottomed out over the last two weeks, throwing for just 33 yards with two picks against Stanford, and 74 yards and a touchdown against UCLA.
Utah’s defense might be a disappointment compared to past versions, but the run defense hasn’t been horrible, considering Arizona and Stanford are killing everyone on the ground. It can handle giving up 200 yards to the Ducks – there’s no worry about getting hit up top.
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
What happened to the Utah running game?
The shift in offensive philosophies to more of a downfield passing game worked okay early on, but the ability to ground-and-pound isn’t there.
Last year’s Ute team hit the 200-yard rushing mark eight times and averaged close to five yards per carry. This year’s version has yet to hit 200 against an FBS team and is barely averaging over four.
Against Arizona State, turnovers were the problem with four Tyler Huntley interceptions turning what should’ve been a tight game into a blowout. Oregon’s offense needs the help, and the D should bring it – it’s good at coming up with takeaways.
Meanwhile, the suddenly okay Duck run D should keep the Utes under wraps.
What’s Going To Happen
Utah will get its stuff together and stop screwing up.
It’s not going to run all that well, but Huntley will come up with a better performance, the defensive front will start getting into the backfield again, and the shockingly mediocre Oregon offense will stall time after time.
It won’t be scintillating, but at this point, Utah will take it.
Utah vs. Oregon Prediction
Utah 31, Oregon 17
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