Arizona Wildcats vs Oregon Ducks Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/25/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 25, 2021
Venue:  Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Where to Watch:  ESPN


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Arizona +28.5, Oregon -28.5; Over/Under:  59 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Arizona +28.5, Oregon -28.5; Over/Under:  59 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Arizona +28.5, Oregon -28.5; Over/Under:  58.5 points

Season Record

Arizona Wildcats:  0-3 (6th place, Pac-12 South)
Oregon Ducks:  3-0 (2nd place, Pac-12 North)
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Arizona Wildcats vs Oregon Ducks Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Arizona Wildcats:  lost at home on Sep. 18 against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 21-19.
Oregon Ducks:  won at home on Sep. 18 against the Stony Brook Seawolves 48-7.

Arizona Wildcats Analysis

Arizona is coming into this game with a 0-3 record overall this season. This will be their first true road game of the year and it will also be their first conference matchup of the regular season. Their 3 losses came against the BYU Cougars, the San Diego State Aztecs, and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in their last game. That last one was and embarrassing loss for them losing to a team from the FCS. Will Plummer struggled a lot in that game as he completed 19/34 passes for 191 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Jordan McCloud ended up taking over and he completed 6/7 passes for 66 yards and 1 TD. Drake Anderson led the run game with 72 rushing yards on 12 carries but other than that, they did not do much on the ground in that game. Stanley Berryhill III led the team in receiving with 94 yards on 11 receptions but no one else really made a big impact. Treshaun Hayward led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. Kyon Barrs had the only sack for his team in that one while Christian Roland-Wallace and Kenny Hebert both came away with 1 interception each but it did not really matter as they were not able to do anything with them and still went on to lose the game. They have scored 49 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 83 points against them. Their offense is averaging 339.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 354 YPG.

Oregon Ducks Analysis

Oregon is coming into this game with a 3-0 record overall and they are 2-0 in home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their first conference matchup of the season. Their 3 wins came against the Fresno State Bulldogs in their season opener, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Stony Brook Seawolves in their last game. Anthony Brown played well in that game as he completed 14/18 passes for 159 yards and 1 touchdown but he did not play the whole game. Ty Thompson got some work at the quarterback position and he completed 6/9 passes for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns. Travis Dye had a nice day as he led the team in rushing with 87 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries. Dont'e Thornton led the receivers with 60 yards and 1 touchdown on 2 receptions but overall, it was not a busy day for the offense as they did not need to expel a lot of effort and they still managed to put up 48 points. Noah Sewell led the defense with 3 solo tackles and 7 assisted ones while Sua'ava Poti had the only sack for his team in that game. Verone McKinley III led the defense in interceptions with 2 while Bennett Williams also came away with 1 INT. They have scored 114 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 59 points against them. Their offense is averaging 433 YPG while their defense is allowing 418.7 YPG.


Arizona vs Oregon Prediction

Arizona is a very bad team but they will likely be very angry here after losing in such an embarrassing way last week to that kind of team. They will be looking to score some points in this game and work on the positives. Oregon will likely thrash this Arizona team as they have put up over 30 points in every single game so far. That was against good competition, the one bad team they played Oregon scored 48 on them. This should be a high scoring game as Oregon is out to prove that they are good enough to be considered for the college football playoffs this year. They have their eyes set on a national title so they will hold nothing back in this conference game. This will have enough scoring from both sides to push this game over the total, that is the best bet to make here.
Arizona Oregon Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 25, 2021 (10:30 pm ET start time) is Oregon 49 Arizona 21.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Arizona Wildcats: 5-15 ATS in all games. 3-11 ATS against conference opponents.
Oregon Ducks: 38-19 ATS after allowing 7 points or less in the first half in 2 straight games. 105-71 ATS after playing a game at home.

Key Injuries

Arizona Wildcats:  W. Plummer (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. J. Joiner (WR) Ques Sat - Foot injury.
Oregon Ducks:  A. Brown (QB) Prob Sat - Undisclosed injury. P. Herbert (TE) Ques Sat - Knee injury. J. Smith (DT) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.

Players to Watch

Arizona Wildcats: Stanley Berryhill III is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in receiving yards and he is coming off of a good game that he will want to build on. Look for him to get some more passes thrown his way here and make a big impact for his team.
Oregon Ducks: CJ Verdell is one player to watch in this one. He leads his team in rushing yards and in touchdowns scored so look for him to find the end zone in this one as his team looks to keep rolling and show why they deserve to be in a college football playoff game.

Notable Quotes

"It's embarrassing. You don't want to lose to what you'd consider your little brother." - Stanley Berryhill II on losing to Northern Arizona in their last game.
"We saw the Minnesota running back was having a good game, and we wanted to do the same thing." - C.J. Verdell on their strategy of running the ball against OSU to find the holes in their defense and beat them.

Starting Lineups

Arizona Wildcats
WR Cunningham, Tayvian 
WR Casteel, BJ 
WR Berryhill III, Stanley 
TE Wolma, Bryce 
QB Cruz, Gunner 
RB Wiley, Michael 
FB Markoff, Clay 
Oregon Ducks
WR Johnson III, Johnny 
WR Hutson, Kris 
WR Pittman, Mycah 
TE Webb, Spencer 
TE Matavao, Moliki 
QB Brown, Anthony 
RB Verdell, CJ 

Statistical Leaders

Arizona Wildcats
Passing: G. Cruz (406)
Rushing: D. Anderson (115)
Receiving: S. Berryhill III (263)
Touchdowns: B. Curry (2)
Sacks: K. Barrs (2.5)
Tackles: A. Pandy (12)
Oregon Ducks
Passing: A. Brown (567)
Rushing: C. Verdell (289)
Receiving: J. Johnson III (117)
Touchdowns: C. Verdell (3)
Sacks: B. Swinson (2)
Tackles: M. Wright (11)
Arizona Wildcats: Jedd Fisch (1st season)
Oregon Ducks: Mario Cristobal (5th season)

Weather Forecast

72 degrees F mostly sunny, 52% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 7 mph wind speeds E.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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