1. Oregon shuts out Stony Brook
If you go by ESPN’s FPI matchup predictor, Oregon has a 99.3 percent chance of winning on Saturday and, honestly, I think that’s even too low.
Oregon is going to win this game by 6-8 touchdowns and the Ducks will make it look easy.
Not only will Oregon be lighting up the Autzen Stadium scoreboard really for the first time this season (I’d hardly applaud the offense vs. Fresno State), the defense will put the clamps on Stony Brook, holding the Seawolves to a whopping zero points.
Stony Brook has scored at least 20 in both of its games this season, but it has faced New Hampshire and Colgate. Neither of those teams have the dudes that Oregon does on the defensive side of the ball, especially when Kayvon Thibodeaux is healthy.
Will Kayvon play? I honestly doubt Mario Cristobal runs him out there in a game against an FCS foe to risk further injury, but if he does, Stony Brook doesn’t have anyone who can block him.
Even with Justin Flowe out, Keith Brown is going to have a breakout game and the linebacking corps is elite. The secondary, too, will bounce back from a shaky game against Ohio State a week ago.
Stony Brook will be sent back home to New York with a check and its tail between its legs.