OREGON DUCKS (6-0)
at ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (5-1)
Kickoff: Thursday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Oregon -9.5, Total: 69
Two Pac-12 teams trying to improve to 4-0 in conference play clash on Thursday night when Arizona State hosts No. 3 Oregon.
Oregon has seven straight SU wins in this series, but Arizona State has covered the past two meetings, losing by just 11 and 14 points. The Ducks have scored at least 42 points in every game this year, but they also have 2+ giveaways in five straight contests. The Sun Devils have not lost ATS this year, and have allowed a total of 41 points during a three-game SU win streak. In three games at Sun Devil Stadium this year, ASU is outscoring opponents 145 to 27, but Oregon has a 10-game road win streak in Pac-12 play, posting 42.2 PPG during this run.
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Oregon's offense has been outstanding all year, ranking second in the nation with 52.3 PPG and eighth in total yardage at 542 YPG. Freshman QB Marcus Mariota has thrown an interception in each of his past four games, but he's still having a great season with 16 total touchdowns and 1,522 total yards (254 YPG) in six games. RB Kenjon Barner ranks 12th in the nation with 121 rushing YPG, and is excited to face an ASU team that he gained 171 rushing yards against in last season's 41-27 home win. De'Anthony Thomas rushed for 73 yards and 2 TD on just seven carries against the Sun Devils last year, and already has nine touchdowns to go along with 137 all-purpose YPG this season. This explosive trio will be up against a top-notch ASU defense, that ranks among the nation's top-10 teams in sacks (4.3 per game, 2nd), Tackles For Loss (9.8 per game, 2nd), pass defense (144 YPG, 5th), total defense (273 YPG, 8th) and scoring defense (14.2 PPG, 9th).
The Sun Devils are putting up 40.5 PPG and 479 total YPG so far this season. Sophomore QB Taylor Kelly ranks third in the nation in passing efficiency, completing 68.3% of his passes for 1,600 yards, 14 TD and 2 INT. In the past three games, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and no picks. After four straight contests with less than 200 rushing yards, the ASU ground game got cranking last week with 261 rushing yards at Colorado. Cameron Marshall and D.J. Foster combined for 159 yards on 22 carries (7.2 YPC) in that road win, while RB Marion Grice caught three touchdown passes. Oregon's defense has allowed 20.0 PPG and 360 total YPG this year, and also ranks 24th in the nation in sacks (2.8 per game). The Ducks have forced 14 turnovers in the past four games, but ASU has just two turnovers in three Pac-12 contests, with both coming in last week's blowout win.