Oregon enters their final regular season game a week after becoming bowl eligible with a convincing win over Arizona 48-28. The Ducks want to conclude their campaign with three straight victories, including a decisive Civil War win at home. Royce Freeman will be looking to hit the football version of a walk-off home run in his last OSU affair.
Welcome back for ATQ’s series Prognostication Station! Each week of the Pac-12 season, I will take a look back at my preseason projections and make a few new ones for the week ahead. Let’s break down the first full slate of games on the Pac-12 calendar:
PAC-12 PICKS (36-12 OVERALL, 5-0 LAST WEEK)
Comment: Perfection has definitely hedged on the performances of Manny Wilkins lately.
California vs UCLA (FRIDAY)
Both teams playing awful football, but Bruins play less ‘worse’ this week in rivalry game
Final Score: UCLA 27, Cal 24
Arizona vs Arizona State
The Wildcats are upset after their loss in Eugene, but can they overtake Devils in Tempe?
Final Score: ASU 33, Arizona 30
No. 8 Notre Dame vs No. 21 Stanford
Do some people still not believe in Bryce Love and the Cardinal? They will after this weekend
Final Score: Stanford 19, Notre Dame 18
No. 13 Washington State vs No. 17 Washington
An Apple Cup with actual meaning? That’s new. Huskies blow big lead late, as Falk wins North
Final Score: Washington State 40, Washington 32
Colorado vs Utah
Two teams trying to forget mediocre seasons after being ranked in 2016. Montez best on field
Final Score: Colorado 28, Utah 20
vs Oregon State, W (7-5)
The 2017 Civil War between Oregon in-state rivals should be a one-sided affair. Oregon is the far-superior team this season and there is no question about it. The Beavers are simply looking for their first conference win of the season, while the Ducks are vying to end 2017 with three straight victories. Regardless, UO wants to make last year a distant memory.
“It’s not about revenge. It’s about us going out and doing the things we intend to do from the beginning of the year,” said head coach Willie Taggart. “We said we wanted to win the first game of the year and the last game of the season. We got an opportunity to do that in our home.”
Royce Freeman will walk off the field as the No. 1 running back in Pac-12 history, according to touchdowns and scoring. He will pass former OSU star Ken Simonton (59) for the most rushing scores, a week after surpassing him on the Pac-12 list for most tallies from scrimmage during a career. He has rushed for 408 total yards (136 YPG) in three career games vs the Beavers. Freeman will touch paint twice in his 200-yard masterpiece performance on Senior Day. Justin Herbert will throw four touchdowns to three different receivers as Charles Nelson, Jacob Breeland and Brenden Schooler find pay dirt. Dillon Mitchell will snag five receptions and Johnny Johnson III inhales three. Troy Dye will lead the charge with 13 total tackles. La’Mar Winston Jr. will record six tackles or more plus a TFL. Jalen Jelks and Justin Hollins will each record another sack and Deommodore Lenoir will register an interception in his first Civil War, as Ducks amass an impressive 6-1 record at home for the season. Final Score: Oregon 45, OSU 9
Next up for Oregon (6-5, 3-5) is their final regular season game of the 2017 campaign vs Oregon State (1-10, 0-8). Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. PT from Autzen Stadium. You can watch The Civil War on ESPN2.