Oregon is set to take on Rice in a pivotal matchup on Saturday. It promises to be an intriguing contest, with both teams looking to make a statement. Here are our predictions and picks for the game:
Oregon enters this matchup with a 7-4 overall record, and has posted a solid 5-2 mark in Pac-12 play. The Ducks have been led by quarterback Tyler Shough and running back CJ Verdell, who have combined for over 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. On the defensive side, Oregon has been stout against the pass, ranking third in the Pac-12 in passing yards allowed per game.
Rice, meanwhile, enters the game with an 8-3 record, and has won four of its last five contests. The Owls have relied heavily on their defense, which has allowed a conference-low 20.3 points per game. Offensively, Rice has been led by quarterback Tom Stewart and wide receiver Austin Trammell, who have combined for nearly 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.
When it comes to this game, the Ducks have the edge in terms of talent and depth. Oregon should be able to move the ball effectively against Rice’s defense, and the Ducks’ defense should be able to limit the Owls’ offensive production. As a result, we expect Oregon to prevail in this matchup.
Our pick: Oregon -7.5
Ultimately, this should be an entertaining showdown between two teams that have been playing well of late. Oregon has the edge in terms of overall talent and depth, and we expect the Ducks to come away with the win and cover the spread.