Wednesday, January 19, 2022

No. 10 Oregon faces No. 14 Utah for Pac-12 title. NWN News

No. 10 Oregon (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12, No. 10 CFP) vs No. 14 Utah (9-3, 8-1, No. 17), Las Vegas on Friday at 8 p.m. EST (ABC).

Line: Utah at 2:30 according to FanDuel Sportsbook,

Series Record: Oregon leads 23-11.

what’s at stake?

The Ducks are looking to become the first team to win three straight Pac-12 titles and make it to the Rose Bowl. The Utes are seeking their third trip to their first Pac-12 Championship title game and first Rose Bowl appearance.

major matches

Oregon RB Travis Dye vs Utah LB Devin Lloyd. Dye is one of the most dynamic running backs in the conference, second in the Pac-12 with 16 TDs, including 13 in the last seven games. Lloyd is one of the top defensive players in the country with 22 tackles to lose. It is second in the nation behind Will Anderson’s 28 for Alabama.

players to watch

Oregon: QB Anthony Brown leads the Pac-12 with 264.8 yards of total offense per game with 16 TD passes, four INTs and nine TD runs. Brown struggled in the first meeting against Utah, completing only 48.6% of his passes for 231 yards and held on for 8 yards.

Utah: QB Cam Rising has 17 TD passes and only three INTs this season and helped turn the Utes season around when he took over as starter after 1-2 starts. Rising has also rushed for 346 yards and five TDs and helped the UTS lead the Pac-12 in scoring in conference games.

Facts & Figures

The Utes won 38-7 two weeks ago at home for their third win in eight meetings versus Oregon since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. … the Ducks won the only previous conference title in 2019, 37-15. .. Utah has won five games in a row. … Oregon is 4-0 on the Pac-12 title games. … Utes are nationally ranked Pac-12 and 13th with 218.2 yards per game and have received 100-yard games from Tavian Thomas, TJ Pleasure and Micah Bernard. … Oregon is in third place 47 (63.5%) for 74 in the last six games. … Ducks DB Veron McKinley III is tied for the national lead this season with five INTs.


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