The BYU Cougars play their second Top 25 matchup in a row, but this time BYU will not have the luxury of a home crowd. With a win, the Oregon Ducks can get their season back on track.
The Cougars won a double-overtime thriller (26-20) in Week 2 over the Baylor Bears. Oregon rebounded from an embarrassing Week 1 loss, defeating Eastern Washington 70-14. BYU’s defense is off to a great start, while the Ducks continue to look for answers on offense.
The defense is led by great linebacker play. Max Toole is a playmaking linebacker with special athleticism, which also makes him great in coverage.
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Against Baylor, the Cougars turned up the pressure, totaling four sacks and five QB hurries. The secondary has been great with no passing offense reaching 200 yards.
The run defense showed some weakness in Week 1, allowing four yards per carry. However, Baylor — whose offense depends on the run — averaged only 2.9 yards per carry. The Cougars have a tough defensive unit that will challenge Oregon.
Quarterback Jaren Hall is off to a great start with 522 passing yards and a 140.5 passer rating. According to 247 Sports, Hall was 9/12 on passes of 10 or more yards against Baylor. Plus, he is now 7-1 against Power Five schools. Alongside the Cougs’ star QB, running back Christopher Brooks has big play ability, as seen in his 135 rushing yards against South Florida. Also, wideout Chase Roberts comes off a monster 122-yard game. BYU’s balance creates a challenging matchup.
We all know what happened in Week 1. Oregon was absolutely demolished by the Georgia Bulldogs, 49-3. Quarterback Bo Nix was a massive problem with two interceptions and inaccurate passes. Plus, the passing defense was shredded, and the Ducks were dominated in the trenches. It was a horrible debut for Lanning, but the season is far from over. Oregon can still compete in the Pac-12; beating BYU would be a huge confidence boost.
Oregon looked like a changed team against Eastern Washington. Nix was 28/33 with five touchdowns and a 92 QBR. The Ducks averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Everything was working on offense, as they finished with over 600 yards.
Furthermore, the defense was much better. It allowed 3.8 yards per pass attempt and 3.6 rushing yards. Also, Oregon reeled in two interceptions. So far, linebacker Noah Sewell has struggled. The Ducks need much better from their star defender,
It’s important to put things into perspective. Georgia is clearly college football’s best team right now, which makes the loss sting a little less. However, Eastern Washington is an FCS team. Oregon’s Week 2 blowout win proves close to nothing. The Ducks can show what they’re made of against BYU.
BYU vs Oregon Injury Report
BYU could be without its top two receivers, Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua. Both are questionable, but the Cougs managed to defeat Baylor without them.
Oregon should be at full strength. Starting left guard Ryan Walk, who injured his knee against Georgia, is on track to return.
BYU vs Oregon Head-to-Head
BYU and Oregon have met six times. The series is tied at 3-3 with the Cougars dominating (38-8) the last matchup in the 2006 Las Vegas Bowl.
BYU vs Oregon Game Information
- Game: BYU vs Oregon
- Location: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sep 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
- BYU vs Oregon Live Stream: ESPN
BYU vs Oregon Betting Lines
BYU vs Oregon Prediction
Oregon’s Nix is notorious for struggling in big-time games. BYU has a solid defense with a great defensive staff. When Nix has continuously choked since 2019, it’s hard to trust him. Moreover, the Cougars’ QB, Hall, is clearly better. This game will likely come down the trenches. After a road cover, the BYU hype will grow.
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