Preview: Colorado at Oregon

When: 4:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon


Third-ranked Oregon figures to light up the scoreboard in its typical style when it hosts struggling Colorado on Saturday. The Ducks, who are seeking their sixth straight win, are No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings as they face a team that is winless in Pac-12 play this season. Oregon has already clinched a spot in the Pac-12 title game so this contest is more about sending a statement that the Ducks are one of the nation’s top four teams.

The possibility looms that the contest will be the final home game for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who could later decide to bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Ducks average 46 points per game with the Heisman Trophy candidate running the show, and the Buffaloes would like to spoil the party. “They’re an excellent football team and they’re playing at a high caliber right now,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said at a press conference. “They’ve got a lot at stake, but of course we would definitely love to win that game, there’s no doubt about it.”

TV:
4:30 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: None
   
ABOUT COLORADO (2-8, 0-7 Pac-12): Starting quarterback Sefo Liufau is recovering from a concussion, and backup Jordan Gehrke will get the start if Liufau (26 touchdowns) isn’t cleared to play. “I’m feeling good,” Liufau told reporters. “I passed all the concussion testing and am ready to play this week.” Standout receiver Nelson Spruce (99 receptions, 1,091 yards, 11 touchdowns) is having a big season, but the Buffaloes’ secondary is in disarray with Chidobe Awuzie (kidney) sidelined and fellow safeties Tedric Thompson (team-best three interceptions) and Evan White both doubtful due to concussions.

ABOUT OREGON (9-1, 6-1): Mariota has thrown 29 touchdown passes against just two interceptions and has tacked on eight rushing scores while drawing praise as being among the leading Heisman hopefuls. “People always kind of talk about it but for the most part, I just kind of focus on what I have to do and find ways to get better for this team and try not to worry about what other people think,” Mariota told reporters. Free safety Erick Dargan is having a strong season, leading the Ducks in both interceptions (five) and tackles (70), while outside linebacker Christian French has a team-best 5.5 sacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Oregon has won the last three meetings by a combined 172-32.

2. Gehrke, a sophomore, is 11-for-26 for 106 yards this season.

3. Ducks RB Royce Freeman needs 55 rushing yards to become the second freshman in school history to reach 1,000 yards, joining LaMichael James (1,546 in 2009).

PREDICTION: Oregon 65, Colorado 20

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Colorado 2-8 L6 29.8 38.6 1-5 1-3 1-7 0-0 0-7
Oregon 9-1 W5 46.0 25.0 5-1 4-0 2-0 0-0 6-1

Last Meeting

Colorado Oregon
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/5/13 ORE 57 COLO 16 374 94 280 756 350 406

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
COLO C. Wood 33.3 205 0 2
ORE M. Mariota 59.3 355 5 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
COLO C. Powell 20 78 3.9 0
ORE B. Marshall 23 122 5.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
COLO P. Richardson 5 134 26.8 0
ORE B. Addison 5 158 31.6 2
TDs Player TD
COLO D. Goodson 1
ORE B. Addison 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
COLO S. Liufau 65.8 2842 26 14
ORE M. Mariota 67.1 2780 29 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
COLO M. Adkins II 81 398 4.9 3
ORE R. Freeman 170 945 5.6 14
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
COLO N. Spruce 99 1091 11.0 11
ORE B. Marshall 46 595 12.9 4
TDs Player TD
COLO N. Spruce 11
ORE R. Freeman 14

Quickchart Matchup

Colorado Off vs  Oregon Def
461.1 yards
456.7 yards
4.2 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
7.3 yards/attempt
Oregon Off vs  Colorado Def
531.2 yards
449.5 yards
5.4 yards/rush
5.7 yards/rush
10 yards/attempt
7.3 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-34
-110
73
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-33.5
-110
73.5
Sportsbook
-110
-33.5
-110
73.5
5Dimes.eu
-102
-32.5
-105
74
GTBets.eu
-110
-32
-110
74
Top Bet
-110
-33
-110
74.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-32
-110
74
BetDSI
-110
-32.5
-110
74.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-33.5
-110
73.5
BookMaker.eu
-110
-32.5
-110
74.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-32
-110
73
Mirage
-110
-32.5
-110
72.5
Station
-110
-33
OFF
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Colorado Overall Oregon
2-8-0 W/L 9-1-0
5-5-0 ATS 6-4-0
6-4-0 O/U 6-3-1
29.8 Pts For 46.0
38.6 Pts Against 25.0
Colorado A/H Oregon
1-3 W/L 5-1
2-2-0 ATS 3-3-0
3-1-0 O/U 4-2-0
36.2 Pts For 45.0
47.8 Pts Against 20.2