1. Oregon’s defense allows 20 or fewer points in the first half
In the last matchup, Oregon had the game won, with the winning battle in time possession, total yards on offense, turnover battle with having an interception and having more first downs. How did Oregon lose? Washington won the first half with a lead at halftime 22-18.
Dan Lanning and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi will need to find a way to stop an offense that is led by Penix Jr. who is second in passing yards behind Nix.
After this loss, the Ducks’ defense has held teams under 30 points. The Ducks also, in that time, allowed two ranked squads, Utah and Oregon State, to score fewer than 10 points giving up six at Utah and seven at home against Oregon State. During this time as well, the Ducks held the Heisman Trophy-winning last year, Caleb Williams, under 300 yards passing and sacked him three times.
The key to this game is holding Penix Jr. and his top receiver Romeo Odunze in check and the defense is up for the challenge. The Ducks’ defense is going to have every cornerback for this game, unlike the last matchup.
There’s a pair of Ducks who are going to look for a big game and they are Jordan Burch and Jeffrey Bassa. These players have been the top players on the defensive end for Oregon this year and are ensuring different results from how they played against Washington last time. Bassa and Burch combined totaled three tackles and Lanning is going to be looking for big games from two leaders.
With having all the conversations about who is going to be in the College Football Playoff, who is going to win the Heisman, and going to be dominant in the Pac-12. After this matchup, college football fans will know that the Oregon Ducks earned their spot in the College Football Playoff and Bo Nix engraved his name in the history books by winning the Heisman.
Undoubtedly, the Oregon Ducks will be the Pac-12 champions.