Arizona Wildcats (10-2) at Oregon Ducks (11-1)
|Date & Time||Friday December 5, 2014, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oregon Ducks -14.5 -- Over/Under: 74.5
The Arizona Wildcats and Oregon Ducks play Friday night for the Pac-12 title at Levi's Stadium.
The Arizona Wildcats have won four straight games and have already beaten Oregon earlier in the season. Anu Solomon is completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Solomon has three total touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Arizona has 27 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Cayleb Jones and Samajie Grant have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Austin Hill has seven receptions in his last two games. Grant is expected to miss this game due to injury. Arizona’s ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Nick Wilson leads the way with 1,263 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, the Arizona Wildcats are allowing 25.5 points, 434.7 yards, and they’ve forced 37 sacks and 24 turnovers. Scooby Wright III leads Arizona with 139 tackles and William Parks has 11 tackles for loss.
The Oregon Ducks haven’t loss since their game against Arizona and hope to remain in the playoff hunt. Marcus Mariota is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 36 touchdowns and two interceptions. Mariota has 10 total touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Oregon has 44 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Byron Marshall and Devon Allen have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Dwayne Stanford has nine receptions in his last two games. Oregon’s ground game is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, as Royce Freeman leads the way with 1,185 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, the Oregon Ducks are allowing 23.3 points, 429.6 yards, and they’ve forced 30 sacks and 23 turnovers. Erick Dargan leads Oregon with 81 tackles and DeForest Buckner has 10 tackles for loss.
The Wildcats are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The Ducks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
This is for the Pac-12 title, so you know both teams are going to bring it. However, Arizona has won the last two meetings and Rich Rod's offense always has success. With two free touchdowns, this is a gift in my eyes. I also wouldn't be shocked if the Wildcats won SU, but the points make this a safe bet.