UCLA vs. Oregon fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 3
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
UCLA (2-6) vs. Oregon (5-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why UCLA Will Win
So what is UCLA doing better? Why is the team – Utah loss aside – a real, live, Pac-12-team again?
The passing game has been a whole lot crisper.
Again, blow off the loss to a Ute team that’s on a roll and will probably win the South. Before that, the passing attack that couldn’t seem to click and certainly wasn’t in sync started to be sharpen up. The route running, simple reads, actually catching the ball – it hasn’t been bad.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson was just starting to play well before getting hurt, and Wilton Speight has been solid.
The Oregon defense has all of a sudden taken a hit. Playing Washington State’s passing game will do that, and Jake Browning and Washington played well, but Arizona was able to do a great job moving the ball last week.
UCLA has to keep the chains moving with quick-hitting throws. The ground game won’t do much, but Speight needs to be on, and he needs to be hitting at least 65% of his throws.
One Reason Why Oregon Will Win
After last week’s disaster against Arizona, now the Ducks have to get their lines going again.
It was a weird game in the 44-15 loss. Justin Herbert – who’s expected to play after getting beaten up – was terrible, and the rushing attack wasn’t able to keep up or do much for the second straight week.
This is the week to get CJ Verdell going again.
UCLA might be playing better overall, but the defensive front is getting gouged. Arizona ran for 289 yards, Utah ran for 325, and the D is giving up way too many big dashes.
Take the pressure off of Herbert. Start running, keep running, commit to running … run, run, run. The production will be there.
What’s Going To Happen
Chip Kelly’s return to Eugene will be the main storyline, but neither team will look like it’s supposed to considering his thumbprint is on both programs.
It’ll be a tougher, more pounding sort of game, with Oregon’s running game taking over early on, and Speight operating more of a pro-style passing attack.
Oregon will get back on track with a 200-yard day from the ground attack as the team bounces back from the Arizona debacle.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Oregon 37, UCLA 24
Line: Oregon -10, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 3
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