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ScoopDuck Predictions: UCLA Game

November 19, 2020
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It’s almost game time for the Ducks’ third game of the season. Which welcomes Chip Kelly and UCLA to Eugene on Saturday.

Oregon brings its 2-0 mark to the game with the Bruins at a very peculiar 1-1 mark. Which UCLA team will we see Saturday in Autzen? Is Oregon on the verge of it all clicking?

***The JUICE: Oregon Commits Locked In? Ducks Healthy?***

We’ve got our predictions below on this big game. It’s time to take a look and see what you think.


Chris McCulley

I think UCLA is a fraud. The Bruins will get punched in the face this week and never get back up. Think Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier.

In the first minute, this one could be over after Mykael Wright takes it to the house. From there, the Oregon  offensive line will dominate UCLA's front 7.

Expect the Ducks to put up huge running numbers and roll to a crushing defeat of the Bruins and a 3-0 start.

Ducks 49, UCLA 9

Jacob Archer

The UCLA defense has been Jekyll and Hyde so far in its two games. The Bruins allowed 48 points against Colorado but just 10 against California.

I'm not buying last week's UCLA performance; I think Oregon will move the football with ease. Turnovers have been an issue for the Ducks, but they are due to straighten that out.

UCLA's offense has been clicking, averaging 41 points a game. That might make it close for a bit, but Oregon pulls away in the second half.

Oregon 42, UCLA 24

Steve Collier

Don't look now, but Chip Kelly's team has the second-largest average scoring margin in the conference through two games, trailing only -- well, you know.

However, those points came off of a Colorado team that doesn't figure to be among the league leaders when all is said and done, and a Cal squad that only had two full days to prepare for the Bruins. Cal's offense mostly stopped itself, so I'm not sold on Jerry Azzinaro's defense, either.

Expect Oregon to win the turnover battle for a change and roll to a victory.

Oregon 45, UCLA 24

Max Torres

UCLA looked strong in their win over Cal, as DTR accounted for four total touchdowns and Demetric Felton pounded his way to 107 yards on 25 carries. With that being said, I don't know if that speaks more to Cal's defense, which was the strength of the team last year, or UCLA's offense. Whatever the case, the Bruins have some solid skill players, and I think I may have been a bit too high on this Oregon defense coming into the season. That's not to say they aren't a capable bunch, but until we see a dominant performance, I think that will lend itself to maybe 2 or 3 field goals for the Bruins.

I think Tyler Shough cleans up the turnovers and the Oregon offense will put up a lot of points. The defense will need to pressure Thompson-Robinson while also containing him and limiting the damage he does with his legs. That's where I see the benefit of facing Jayden de Laura last week come into play. The last matchup between these two schools was not a close one (Oregon won 42-21), but Oregon shouldn't necessarily expect an easy win. 

I see the Ducks leaving Autzen Stadium 3-0 this weekend.

Oregon 38, UCLA 25

Corpatty

Through two games, this UCLA team appears to be better than either of Chip Kelly’s first two. With QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (aka DTR) in his third season, UCLA is averaging 38 points a game.

DTR is going to challenge the Oregon defense with his arm and his legs, and I expect the Bruins to put up some points. However, the UCLA defense still has holes and can be scored upon, as evidenced by the 48 points it yielded to Colorado in the opener.

I think this one will be a bit of a shootout, with Oregon pulling away in the fourth quarter.

Oregon 42, UCLA 34

Jhop

Well, the margin from the above socres is 43.2-23.2. A nifty 20 point win for the Ducks. 

Honestly, I think it might be more. Given what we know about Chip Kelly from his days at Oregon, he struggled with physical teams. And the Ducks are now a physical team. 

Given his 1-1 record to date, the Bruins gave up 48 points its first week and then 10 to Cal. So it’s hard to get a grip on this defense. Is Colorado an offensive juggernaut? Is Cal really that bad? 

We just don’t quite know yet. Which makes this one tough to predict. 

But in closing I feel great about Oregon’s chances. I think the offense is just getting started. I think the defense will come together. And overall, I think the physical nature of Oregon will wear them down in the second half. And the Ducks will pull away big. 

Oregon 50, UCLA 24

Tags: Football, Oregon, UCLA
 
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