Cody James Martin: I have tremendous respect for Oregon and what it has been able to accomplish last year and so far this season under Mark Helfrich, but the defense leaves more than enough to be desired.
Arizona comes out fired up on national TV, marching out to an early ten-point lead, but slowly the tide turns and Oregon pulls within three at halftime. The dreaded third quarter of death for the Ducks leaves the Wildcats trailing as Mariota throws for three touchdowns after the break.
It comes down to Anu Solomon, who throws for over 500 yards in the game, but the comeback ultimately falls short as the freshman throws a late interception to seal the win for the Ducks.
Oregon 48, Arizona 38
Michael Luke: While the Ducks will likely compile another double digit win season, I’m far from sold on their defensive unit. Too many times they wilt against big physical offenses.
However, I also have no faith in the Arizona defense stopping Oregon. Rich Rodriguez comes up with a game plan to keep the game close, but Oregon just has too much firepower.
Oregon 45, Arizona 31
Jason Scheer: This game just screams danger for Arizona. I don't care what Oregon says, last year is going to bring extra motivation. In addition, it is playing at home on a Thursday night in an environment that Anu Solomon hasn't even come close to playing in.
I do think Arizona has the potential to score, but Oregon comes out firing and grabs a big lead, which makes the UA offense more predictable and easier to stop.
It is difficult for me to come up with a scenario in which Arizona comes out on top. I know that Oregon's defense has struggled, but the talent is still there and eventually it is going to put it all together.
Oregon 56, Arizona 21