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Oregon Football

First Look: Arizona

November 12, 2017

It's not a state secret, Arizona is really good. And more importantly, they are led by one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country Khalil Tate. 

In fact, Tate is the Arizona offense. 

He has thrown for 998 yards on the season. He has 8 passing touchdowns against 6 interceptions on the season. What makes him even more of a threat are his legs. Tate leads Arizona in rushing with 1,293 yards and 11 more rushing touchdowns. He's averaging 11.6 yards per carry on the ground.

Arizona's leading running back is J.J. Taylor who has almost half the rush yards (699) of his quarterback Khalil Tate. The Cats actually pound the rock into the end zone and have 41 total rushing touchdowns against 13 total passing touchdowns.

Just to put those numbers into perspective against Oregon, the Ducks have 12 passing touchdowns, led by Justin Herbert with 9, and 30 rushing touchdowns, led by Royce Freeman and his 10.

Neither team has a dynamic pass-catcher statistically. 

Arizona has Tony Ellison and Shun Brown, who each have 431 receiving yards and a combined 7 total touchdowns.

For the Ducks, Charles Nelson leads all pass-catchers with 310 receiving yards and a single touchdown.

Should Justin Herbert return this weekend, as expected, the Ducks will add a lot more vertical presence in the pass game.

The Cats are putting up video-game like numbers averaging a blistering 516 yards per game, compared to Oregon's 428.

Oregon has scored 44 touchdowns compared to Arizona's 58 this season.

Defensively the Ducks are led by linebacker Troy Dye and his team-high 84 tackles. Tony Fields leads Arizona with 73 total tackles. 

At the end of the day it comes down to who scores more points: Arizona averages 44 points per game compared to Oregon's 32.

Game time is set for 4 PM PST and will air on the Pac-12 Network.

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