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Looking at the matchups between Utah and Oregon

Utah's offense should have a big day against the lowly Duck defense

Utah Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers vs Oregon Secondary

Troy Williams had his best game in more than a month last week almost 300 yards against Arizona State. He looked a bit more comfortable in the pocket and made some big, confidence building throws. Having all of his top targets back and healthy was huge, and will be going forward. Williams now is averaging 218 yards per game through the air with 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He's also chipped in 187 yards rushing with 5 touchdowns. Raelon Singleton had his breakout game last week with 3 touchdowns and looks like a future star. He now has catches on the season at an average of 18.3 yards per grab. Tim Patrick leads the team, still, with 32 grabs and 5 touchdowns with Corey Butler-Byrd adding his 24 catches.

Oregon's secondary is bad. They're giving up 292 yards per game through the air and haven't really slowed anyone this season. Brenden Schooler leads the group with 59 tackles and 4 interceptions. The kid is a freshman with good size at the corner spot and a lot of upside. Ugo Ahmadi also gets some run at corner. He's a sophomore who is second on the team with 6 passes defended. Arrion Springs has a team leading 10 passes defended to go along with 3 tackles for loss. The Ducks stay young in the secondary with redshirt freshman. Tyree Robinson is a redshirt freshman with 1 pick and 6 passes defended. A lot of youth in the secondary.

Edge: Utah

Utah Running Backs and Tight Ends vs Oregon Linebackers

Joe Williams. Joe Williams. Joe Williams. He's been the best player in the country for the last four games, putting up 864 yards on the ground with 8 touchdowns. Against this Oregon defense, he could run wild. With Zack Moss and Troy McCormick back, the Utes he their full stable of runners and should easily go over 200 yards in this game. Evan Moeia is up to 19 catches on the year while Harrison Handley is holding steady with 8 catches.

The linebacker spot is probably the most talented part of Oregon's defense, but that doesn't mean that they're very good. I'd call them below average. Troy Dye is a freshman who is the best of the group with 74 tackles, 11 taclkes for loss, and 4.5 sacks, all best on the team. Senior Johnny Ragin can also play. He's been limited a bit by injury, but is a playmaker when healthy. Jimmie Swain is the third backer of the group, and is second on the team with 61 tackles. This group isn't getting help from their defensive line, but they're also a big reason why opponents are rushing for 261 yards per game this season at 5.6 yards per carry.

Edge: Utah

Utah Offensive Line vs Oregon Defense Line

Garrett Bolles and Utah's offensive line aren't giving up sacks right now. They've been great since the UCLA game, and we've gone over how good the run blocking is. Bolles, Asiata, and Uhatafe are looking at potential all conference seasons as they open up holes for the Utah backs to the tune of 212 yards per game.

Justin Hollins leads the defensive line with 39 tackles and 6 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. On the other side of Hollins is Henry Mondeaux who is a big kid with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack. The big boys inside are Rex Manu and freshman Gary Baker. Statistically, neither had made much of an impact this season. The Ducks have only 21 sacks on the season and the line doesn't stop the run. They're not very good here.

Edge: Utah

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