Arizona Wildcats at Oregon Ducks (-23.5, 76)
Two of the final three undefeated Pac-12 teams meet Thursday as
Arizona visits fourth-ranked Oregon, which is looking to avenge
last season’s 42-16 loss. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota,
who threw two interceptions in last season’s defeat, leads the
Heisman Trophy race with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions
while completing 74 percent of his passes through four games.
Mariota should thrive against the Pac-12’s second-worst passing
efficiency defense, but Arizona’s explosive offense has the
weapons to keep pace.
Both teams are playing for the first time since Sept. 20, when
the Wildcats used a Hail Mary pass from Anu Solomon to Austin
Hill on the final play of the game to record a 49-45 win over
California. Mariota was sacked seven times in the Ducks’ 38-31
triumph at Washington State, but he passed for 329 yards and
five touchdowns – including the game-winner with less than six
minutes remaining. Arizona, which snapped its five-game losing
streak against Oregon last season, has won three of its four
contests this year by seven points or fewer.
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: Pinnacle Sports opened the Ducks
as 22.5-point faves but that is now -23.5. The total opened
INJURY REPORT: Arizona – DL Jeffrey Worthy
(Questionable, concussion), WR Samajie Grant (Questionable,
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-50s under
clear skies. Wind will blow across the field at 4 mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Revenge looms large for the
Ducks who dropped a 42-16 decision as 18.5-point favorites at
Arizona last year. With Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez 0-6
ATS in his last six games versus undefeated conference
opponents, it would be no surprise to see the Wildcats to lose
for the 11th time in a row in an away game off a pair of home
games when facing a foe off a win.” Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence.
ABOUT ARIZONA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12): Solomon, a
redshirt freshman, overcame a slow start and completed 47-of-73
passes for a school-record 520 yards and five touchdowns
against California. Wide receiver Cayleb Jones is an emerging
star for the Wildcats’ offense, which averages 405 yards and
features freshman Nick Wilson – who ranks second in the Pac-12
in rushing yards (482) and yards per game (120). The defense
allowed 573 yards against California, but linebacker Scooby
Wright III has been a bright spot as he leads the Pac-12 with
12.8 tackles per game.
ABOUT OREGON (4-0, 1-0): The bye week came at an
opportune time for Oregon, which needed the extra rest to
improve an offensive line that lost tackles Tyler Johnstone,
Andre Yruretagoyena and Jake Fisher to leg injuries early in
the season. The Ducks’ defense allowed 436 passing yards
against Washington State and will be tested again by the
Wildcats, who are hoping to repeat last year’s effort as they
were 6-for-6 inside the red zone. “It’s a new year, and new
teams, and I feel like both teams are better,” receiver Keanon
Lowe told goducks.com. “That being said, we remember vividly
that feeling of going in Arizona and getting our butt whooped.”
* Home team is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Ducks are 0-5 ATS in their last five conference games.
* Under is 4-0 in Ducks last four Thursday games.
* Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last five Thursday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 50.17 percent of bettors are backing the visiting