Oregon football desperately needs something to feel good about after nearly choking away a season-opening win against Fresno State in Autzen Stadium.
A win over Ohio State would do the trick.
The Ducks will travel to Columbus for a noon eastern kickoff against the No. 3 team in the country and this will arguably be the game of the week. If Oregon can keep things close and even pull off the upset, all those people bashing the Pac-12 after Week 1 will be forced to reconsider their stance.
This game is going to have a playoff feel and Mario Cristobal and the Ducks need to be ready from the opening whistle until the clock hits triple-zero.
Let’s get bold ahead of Saturday afternoon’s game?
3. No turnovers for Oregon
Going into hostile territory with a quarterback who didn’t have the best opening performance in front of a national audience isn’t exactly the best recipe for success, but Anthony Brown has experience and is going to lead the troops with confidence on Saturday afternoon.
The Ducks are going to play relatively mistake-free football until the final whistle, not turning the ball over on the road in front of about 100,000 opposing fans.
This might seem overly bold, but what would these predictions be called if I picked three easy ones? I’d have to change the name completely and rethink my weekly bold predictions if that were the case, but I truly think Mario Cristobal will have his team ready on Saturday and his guys won’t fold under the bright lights and the pressure.
Will Oregon force any turnovers? Now that’s a different story. Ohio State doesn’t make a ton of mistakes.