Ducks Still Among Conference Unbeatens
The No. 12 Oregon Ducks try to extend their four-game winning streak when they visit the Arizona Wildcats in a Pac-12 matchup on Saturday night. Oregon (4-1, 2-0) has won four in a row and is tied with UCLA and Utah for second place in the conference standings. Arizona (3-2, 1-1) has alternated wins and losses in its five games this season and is coming off its first conference victory of 2022 over Colorado. Both teams have dynamic offenses, so this should be a good matchup. Make sure to check out our in-depth preview of the game before you do any betting online.
Oregon Can Put Points on the Board
Outside of a season-opening loss to defending national champion Georgia, Oregon has been lighting up the scoreboard, averaging 50 points a game over its last four contests. Quarterback Bo Nix had two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Stanford, including an 80-yard scamper for a score.
“I remember when I saw him get out and he was like 40 yards down the field, I’m like `Please don’t slide, you got the touchdown!‘” Oregon wide receiver Chase Cota said of Nix’s long run in Saturday’s victory. “Sure enough, he made it.”
Nix has been running the Ducks to perfection over the last few weeks. He has 1,261 yards and 12 touchdowns passing while rushing 32 times for 261 yards and five touchdowns in his first season since transferring from Auburn.
Nix has plenty of targets to look for, including sophomore wide receiver Troy Franklin, who has 24 grabs for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Cota is second on the team with 16 receptions for 219 yards and a score.
Arizona Needs More Consistent Play
Arizona has been putting together some wins, but not in a row, and that isn’t going to get it where it wants to go in the stacked Pac-12. The Wildcats took care of business against winless Colorado last week, blowing the Buffaloes out 43-20 behind a school-record-tying six touchdown passes from quarterback Jayden de Laura.
The sophomore is second in the conference in passing yards per game with 233.0, already throwing for 1,633 yards and 14 touchdowns. What he needs to do is avoid mistakes, as in the Wildcats’ two losses, he’s thrown five interceptions.
Junior wide receiver Jacob Cowing got loose for 12 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown last weekend, giving him 40 catches for 566 yards and seven scores this season. Also dangerous for Wildcats opponents is sophomore wide receiver Dorian Singer, who has 32 catches for 450 yards, including nine for 163 against Colorado, his second straight 100-yard receiving performance.
The Arizona defense must be able to hold up against the Oregon passing game, and this is where it gets interesting. While the Wildcats give up over 200 rushing yards a game, they’re second in the Pac-12 in pass defense, allowing only 187.4 yards per game.
Oregon Ducks vs Arizona Wildcats Game Injuries
Oregon Ducks vs Arizona Wildcats Head-To-Head
Oregon has won two straight and four of its last five against Arizona, including a 41-19 win at home in 2021. The Wildcats’ one win in that span was a 44-15 victory at home in 2018.
Arizona has had more success playing against Oregon at home over the history of this rivalry, going 11-11 in Tucson, Ariz., compared to 6-17 anywhere else. The college football lines for Saturday’s contest favor the Ducks heavily to come away with an easy win.
Oregon Ducks vs Arizona Wildcats Game Information
- Game: Oregon Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) vs Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12)
- Location: Arizona Stadium
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Oregon Ducks vs Arizona Wildcats Live Stream: ESPN
Oregon Ducks vs Arizona Wildcats Betting Lines
Oregon Ducks vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction
The Arizona Wildcats have a solid pass defense, but they’re taking on one of the better teams in the country, the Oregon Ducks, in this one. Look for another big effort from Nix as the Ducks roll to the conference victory.
When making your college football picks, take Oregon to win and cover on the road.