Arizona has been straight-up awful this season. The Wildcats are 0-3 on the season and Oregon football needs to take advantage of this mismatch on Saturday night in Eugene.
The Ducks are on the opposite end of the spectrum at 3-0 with a win over No. 3 Ohio State which has highlighted the start of their season. On top of that, the Ducks have a win over no-No. 22 Fresno State which gives them one of the best resumes in the country already.
But there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Here’s what I’d like to see from the Ducks against the 0-3 Wildcats.
3. Stingy pass defense
Through three games, Oregon’s passing defense hasn’t been great. Jake Haener caused some problems in the opener, CJ Stroud threw for nearly 500 yards in Week 2, and the secondary finally bounced back to shut down Stony Brook in Week 3. The secondary did what it was supposed to do against the Seawolves, holding them under 150 yards passing and picking them off three times.
We haven’t seen the defense play a complete game against a Power Five or even an FBS team yet and Saturday night is the perfect opportunity to do so.
This defense has plenty of talent and the secondary is arguably the deepest in the Pac-12. Sure, Oregon lost a lot of talent to the NFL this past offseason, but there’s no reason the Ducks should be allowing over 300 yards per game through the air.
Against a team that doesn’t have a set starter and that has thrown four picks this season, I want to see Oregon make life miserable for the Wildcats’ quarterbacks.