With only two weeks left until the end of the 2022 college football regular season, the top spot in the Pac-12 standings is still unclear. Five teams that suffered one or two defeats in the championship still have a chance to reach the title game of the conference. Two of those teams that are still alive, No. 10 Utah and No. 12 Oregon, will face off Saturday night in a pivotal game between teams with identical 8-2 and 6-1 Pac-12 records.
Two of the last three meetings between these teams have been in the Pac-12 championship game, and while the title isn’t on the line this time around, it’s still a big matchup. Utah are looking for two straight games in the Rose Bowl, and Oregon is trying to finish well under freshman coach Dan Lanning after a heartbreaking loss to Washington last week.
The Utes dominated Oregon twice last season with a 76-17 overall lead, including a 38-10 loss in last year’s Pac-12 Championship game. It turned out to be the Ducks’ last game under coach Mario Cristobal, who left for Miami shortly thereafter. Utah continued to chug under 18-year-old coach Kyle Whittingham, and this game will give Oregon a chance to see if it closes the gap in a single season under Lanning.
How to watch Oregon vs Utah live
Date: Saturday, November 19 | Time: 10:30 pm ET
Location: Otzen Stadium – Eugene, Oregon
TELEVISION: ESPN | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Oregon vs. Utah: Need to Know
Bo Nix’s health: Oregon’s all-star quarterback Bo Nicks’ status in this game is in question after he appeared to have suffered a knee injury late in last week’s loss. The Knicks missed a pivotal series with an injury, although he returned to allow the Ducks to finally take over the game. Lanning explained this week Knicks is “preparing like he can go” but added that “we also have a few other guys ready to go if needed.”
The Knicks completed 72.8% of their passes for 2,774 yards, 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions, enjoying a resurgence season after three years of ups and downs at Auburn. He also rushed for 512 yards and threw for 14 touchdowns. If he can’t play, redshirted freshman Ty Thompson will likely step in. Thompson completed 18 of 35 passes for 159 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in nine career games.
Win and you in: This season, Pac-12 has abandoned the division standings and will send the top two teams in the league to the title game for the first time. For Oregon and Utah, it’s simple: win the last two games of the regular season and you’re in. However, it will be more of a challenge for the Ducks as they face a No. 23 Oregon State playoff next week in a showdown. Utah will also be on the road next week, but they will be up against a team from Colorado who are only 1-9 coming into the game in week 12.
Poor Oregon pass defense: Oregon’s pass defense is a glaring weakness; The Ducks are ranked 127th nationally in passing yards allowed at 289.7 per game. Washington took advantage of Oregon’s weak second team last week, but it could be harder for Utah to do so. While 6-foot-4 wide receiver DeVon Wehle and tight end Dalton Kincaid are great at catching passes, the Utes are not known for showing it off. But if quarterback Cam Rising can hit some deep balls in this game and open up the field for Utah’s rushing attack, it will go a long way in helping Utah score points.
Oregon vs. Utah Predictions, Election
Utah dominated Oregon in two games last season, and it’s unclear if the gap has narrowed. While Ducks freshman coach Dan Lanning and offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham have quarterback Beau Nix playing at the elite level, the Youtes will be the most physical team Oregon has faced since their Week 1 loss to Georgia. Knicks’ status is also unclear after he suffered an injury in the fourth quarter of a loss to Washington last week. That loss left Oregon out of college football playoff talk, and it will be interesting to see if the Ducks remain strongly motivated to play for the Pac-12 title. Prediction: Utah -2
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