By 750 THE GAME STAFF
Each week our staff at 750 The Game and fellow Pac-12 experts predict the score of every Oregon Ducks game. This week the No. 6 Oregon Ducks (9-1) are on the road in Tempe taking on the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-7). The Vegas line has Oregon -23.5.
Last week, ASU employed the “swinging gate” on offense in a 17-7 road win vs. UCLA. The Sun Devils essentially lined up the entire offensive line, with the exception of the center, on one side of the field. It left the ASU quarterback and center, and a running back, unprotected. Most of all, it caused UCLA to substitute out some of its defensive lineman.
Don’t be surprised if ASU employs creative tactics against Oregon’s defense. Dillingham might just decide to play his tight end at quarterback and have some fun that way. The Ducks are comfortable playing in space and too athletic for Arizona State.
Oregon 35, Arizona State 14
The Hotline called ASU’s stunner in 2019, but we do not foresee a repeat this week. The Sun Devils aren’t as talented as they were back then, and these Ducks are as good, if not better than the Justin Herbert-led outfit. That said, this should be closer then the point spread indicates. Nobody knows Oregon’s personnel and scheme like ASU coach Kenny Dillingham. That edge won’t be decisive, but it will help the Devils stay in range.
Pick: Arizona State
Bo Nix and the offense will be too much for ASU defensive coordinator Brian Ward to slow down. I also love Oregon’s defense in this spot against a revolving door of QBs that include, uh, non-quarterbacks. The Sun Devils’ offensive line will struggle with the Oregon pass rush, I’m predicting at least 4 sacks.
Oregon 45, Arizona State 13
I know Arizona State is going to try some crazy plays. Some may work but in the long term it’s not going to work. It’s a gimmick offense that isn’t going to work long term. The Ducks are to disciplined to let it work. Oregon is the supremely talented team in the matchup and even if Dan Lanning takes his foot off of the gas, because he’s going against his friend in Kenny Dillingham, The Ducks offense is to good and will score a ton.
Oregon 49, Arizona State 17
I don’t see much success for ASU’s offense in this game aside from a trick play or two, but they’ll commit a couple turnovers as well. Oregon’s offense will be its efficient self but I don’t see them running away from the Sun Devils, especially with Oregon State awaiting.
Oregon 34, Arizona State 13