Oregon begins their Pac-12 title defense on Saturday, and things do not start off with an easy conference opener as Utah comes to town for a battle of Top 20 teams.
If you’re looking for a strength vs. strength matchup, then look no further than this contest, as the Ducks’ high-powered offense should be fun to watch against a stout Utes defense that doesn’t appear to have had much of a drop-off despite loosing a host of draft picks over the years.
It remains to be seen if Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams is 100 percent ready for game action after breaking his finger in the season opener, but his likely second start will need him to be in quality form if he’s to lead the team against a salty squad intent on pulling the road upset.
While Adams’ Heisman hopes took a bit of a hit after the loss to Michigan State two weeks ago, this game could mark the second stop of an under-the-radar Heisman campaign for Utah running back Devontae Booker, the headliner of the Utes offense. He’s averaging 115 yards per game and will have his hands full trying to run around a fairly solid defense that is designed to stop the run more than it is to slow down the passing game.
Either way, Week 4’s best action seems to be centered on the Pac-12, and this game is a big reason why.
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET)
Location: Autzen Stadium; Eugene, Oregon
Radio: Sirius 126/XM 198; ESPN 700, Salt Lake City; Oregon IMG Radio Network