Saturday, November 10, 2018

Good Luck Ducks, Week 11: Rice-Eccles

The Ducks head down to one of the more strangely named stadiums. 

Fresh off of a convincing win over a rebuilding UCLA team, Oregon hits the road once again to take on conference newbie Utah. The Utes joined the conference in 2012 during the Great College Football Expansion, but still have one of the smaller stadiums in the conference. While the Ducks are healthy at most of their skilled positions, Utah will be missing both their starting QB and starting RB, the latter (Zach Moss) suffering a season ending knee injury after being on pace this season to break the single season school rushing record.

All eyes are on Justin Herbert once again, as his elite skills are sure to be on display this afternoon. His primary target, Dillon Mitchell, is having a monster season that shouldn't be overlooked. It's just unfortunate that Oregon's season will largely be kept out of the national spotlight, with a won-loss record that has them likely headed to a mid-tier bowl game instead of the vaunted College Football Playoff system.

The Ducks will need to clean up some stuff on defense, undoubtedly. However, it's still a road test today, and considering the outcome in their last game away from Autzen (Arizona, yikes!), nothing should be taken for granted.

A few links:

The Ducks pulled off a stunner in their last trip to Utah.

Game time is 2:30 PM PST on the Pac-12 Network. Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth and Jill Savage will be on the call.

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