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Oregon Ducks vs. Arizona Wildcats Week 4 Handicapping

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Sure, it was only Missouri State, but it was nice to see the Oregon Ducks turn back the clock last week. It wasn’t just that they won 56-7; it’s that they looked like the 2010 Ducks in doing so.

For the first time this season, LaMichael James was the true driving force behind the win. He torched the Bears for 204 rushing yards and three scores on just 12 carries. Oregon finished with 416 rushing yards and 681 yards of total offense.

After such a soft matchup in Week 3, will Oregon’s return to vintage form give it enough of a boost to handle the start of conference play this week?

#10 Oregon Ducks (2-1) @ Arizona Wildcats (1-2)
Saturday, September 24, 10:15 p.m. ET
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
Favorite: Oregon -15.5
Matchup Info

Looking at the matchup this Saturday, Oregon has to watch out. Arizona could be a snake in the grass.

It’s true that the Ducks’ offense is back in midseason form; the running game is on fire and Darron Thomas has delivered under center when he had to over the last two games.  

It’s also true that Arizona’s defense has been atrocious; the Wildcats are allowing 473.3 offensive yards per game.

However, the brutal defensive stats are a bit skewed because Arizona’s early-season schedule has been vicious.

Saturday It's No. 13 Oregon (2-1) at Arizona (1-2)

It drew No. 7 Oklahoma State on the road in Week 1 and No. 5 Stanford, led by Heisman Trophy frontrunner Andrew Luck, last week. Now, the poor Wildcats get their third top-10 opponent in four games. What gives, schedule maker?

Since Arizona’s “D” hasn’t been up to the task of stopping other elite offenses, Oregon doesn’t have to worry too much. But what about the Ducks’ “D”?

It’s allowing 214.3 rushing yards per game so far this season.

On paper, an Arizona team averaging more than 400 yards of offense per game could hurt Oregon. Arizona hasn’t done much at all in the running game but its passing attack, led by Nick Foles, is fifth in the country.

The Ducks have been fine against the pass so far, ranking 10th with just 145 yards per game allowed through the air, but they haven’t faced an aerial attack nearly as good as Arizona’s so far this year.

Saturday should be a fun game to watch. Oregon is a justified favorite but it should get plenty of fight from Arizona, a talented offensive team with the home crowd behind it.

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