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Struggling Arizona to visit No. 3 Oregon

Posted at 10:47 PM, Sep 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 01:47:58-04

TUCSON, Arizona — Oregon is rolling undefeated into the Pac-12 season. The Ducks jumped a spot in this week’s AP Top 25 to No. 3 after defeating Stony Brook 48-17. It’s the highest Oregon has been ranked since 2014. Arizona is headed in the opposite direction. The Wildcats are without a win this season and coming off a disappointing 21-19 loss to lower-division Northern Arizona. The Wildcats have a school-record 15-game losing streak.


Arizona ranks second-to-last in the Pac-12 in rush defense, allowing an average of 192.33 yards a game. That could mean a big day for Oregon’s running backs CJ Verdell and Travis Dye. Verdell had a big day against Ohio State, with 161 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns, as well as 34 yards receiving and another score.


Arizona: WR Stanley Berryhill’s 28 catches are second-most in the Pac-12, and his 87.7 yards per game ranks third in the conference. He has a conference-best 133.3 all-purpose yards a game. Berryhill had a 51-yard punt return last weekend against Northern Arizona, longest for a Wildcat since 2017.

Oregon: Safety Verone McKinley III had a pair of interceptions against Stony Brook and leads the Pac-12 with three so far this season. It was his second career multi-interception game. Arizona quarterbacks have been intercepted four times, second most in the league behind Washington QBs with five.


Oregon has won 14 straight games at Autzen Stadium. ... The Wildcats have not won in Eugene since 2014. ... Arizona has a six-game losing streak on the road against the Pac-12. ... The last time the Wildcats beat a ranked opponent was in 2018 when they routed the No. 19 Ducks 44-15. ... Arizona’s last win over a top-5 team was in 2014 when they came to Eugene and beat the No. 2 Ducks. ... Arizona hasn’t defeated a ranked team on the road since 2014. ... Oregon has not shut out a team since 2012, and that was against Arizona.