Could this be the week Oregon gets its first road win of the season? Technically, there is a chance. The Ducks travel to Salt Lake City to take on No. 11 Utah on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kickoff from Rice-Eccles Stadium is set for 11 a.m. PT.
Here’s everything you need to know about today’s football action:
Week 12 — Oregon Ducks (3-7, 1-6 Pac-12) @ No. 11 Utah Utes (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12)
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. PT
Place: Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City, Utah)
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Radio: ESPN700; 590AM (Eugene); 750AM/102.9FM (Portland)
Online Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network
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Odds: Oregon (+14)
Kickoff Weather: Sunny, 48°
At A Glance
- Oregon Ducks (3-7, 1-6 Pac-12) — With last week’s 52-27 loss versus Stanford, Oregon is officially out of contention for a bowl game and has secured its first losing season since 2004. In the contest, quarterback Justin Herbert threw for two touchdowns, two interceptions and was sacked three times. The Ducks also got a pair of TDs on the ground, one from Royce Freeman and another from Kani Benoit… Oregon has notched at least 20 points in 40 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation… The Ducks rank first in the Pac-12 in total offense (536.6ypg), but last in total defense (562.3ypg).
- Utah Utes (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) — No. 11 Utah continues to climb the AP poll, posting the highest ranking so far this season… Utah currently sits second in the Pac-12 South, but can claim the top spot over USC (6-2) simply by winning out (against Oregon and Colorado)… Utah ranks first in the nation in takeaways (25), net punting (45.31) and first in the Pac-12 in interceptions (17), sacks (35) and time of possession (32.24)… Utah’s two setbacks this season have been by a possession or less, falling to Cal in Week 5, 28-23, and losing to No. 4 Washington in Week 10, 31-24… Utah most recently topped Arizona State last week, 49-26. The Utes struggled out of the gate before using big plays to pull away. Running back Joe Williams came out of the break with an 82-yard TD before capping the Ute’s second-half surge with a 40-yard score in the final frame… Williams needs only 61 rushing yards to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 mark in a season.
- The Ducks are 20-9 versus the Utes all-time, dating back to their first meeting in 1933. Utah will be looking for back-to-back wins for just the third time in series history after trouncing Oregon 62-20 last season. Following last year’s embarrassment, the Ducks won seven of the final eight games of the regular season. No such miracle will happen this year, as Oregon only has the Civil War remaining on the schedule.
In Their Words
Below, you’ll find interviews from Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich and defensive coordinator Brady Hoke.
“Their personnel, probably a little bit more experienced up front on both sides,” coach Mark Helfrich said when asked about how preparing for Utah compares to preparing for Stanford. “Then their scheme is different. Tough, physical. They try to move the interior of the defensive line very well. The tailback has made them go, the quarterback has been a lot more effective, and I think those two things have gone hand and hand. The constant there has been the o-line. Their defense has been outstanding. They play a ton of guys. Their backend, very experienced. There are a lot of challenges that are similar.”
“You’ve got to stop the run,” defensive coordinator Brady Hoke said of Utah. “There’s no doubt about it. They’re physical up front, they have a very senior-oriented offensive line with guys up there that have played a lot of football. We had a good week in practice, same thing as the week before. Our guys have come out and fought every time we’ve been on the field.”