Week 7: vs. Ohio State – Oct. 12
In a matchup of top teams, I expect the game to be low-scoring yet exciting. Ryan Day and Bill O’Brien are set to revamp the Ohio State offense and with many returners on defense, the Buckeyes will most likely be coming into this game with a 5-0 record.
On the other side of the field, Lanning and offensive coordinator Will Stein are hopeful that their rebuilt offense can tack on enough points as the game progresses.
In 2023, the Ducks allowed just 16.5 points per game 102 yards per game. If they can keep the Buckeyes to similar numbers, the Ducks' defense will be giving the offense a chance to produce.
Dillon Gabriel’s last season saw an impressive upset over the Texas Longhorns who went on to play in the College Football Playoffs. Having the experience against big-time opponents like the Horns will help Gabriel guide the Ducks in this game.
Lanning is also no stranger to talented adversaries as he was an assistant coach at Georgia for four years.
These two explosive teams will slow each other down but neither will be stopped entirely. The final score will be 21-18 with Oregon on top – a big thanks to Autzen’s crowd.