Oregon may actually be an “underdog” in this one, on paper, but that may be exactly where the Ducks want to be. They don’t want to be overlooking any opponent remaining on the schedule and although the Utes haven’t been a Top 25 team this season, they’re still 5-3 and on the verge of a bowl berth.
The Utes are 4-1 in conference play heading into the month of November and there’s a good chance that they’ll be contending for a Pac-12 title in the final weeks of the year.
Utah has had an interesting season, going from Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer to Cameron Rising at quarterback and that move has paid major dividends. The Utes are beating some quality teams and that should scare the heck out of Oregon.
And as always, Utah has a decent defense.
I still think Oregon goes into Salt Lake City and wins a tough one in front of a hostile crowd, potentially in a primetime game. Utah may even be ranked at this point which could only help Oregon’s playoff resume.
Final Score: Oregon 28, Utah 23 (10-1, 7-1)