Nov 19, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Nix’s status uncertain as No. 9 Oregon faces Oregon State

Oregon coach Dan Lanning isn’t tipping his hand, especially when it comes to quarterback Bo Nix’s health, entering his first rivalry game against Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

Lanning said Nix would continue to undergo treatment on his injured right foot and be evaluated on a daily basis.

Nix played in the No. 9 Ducks’ 20-17 victory against Utah last Saturday, though he barely practiced during the week. He completed 25 of 37 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

“We’ll see,” Lanning said of Nix’s availability for the regular-season finale. “We have a great medical staff, they do a good job. Bo understands, playing the game for a long time, he understands the way his body feels. Obviously he was able to go out there on Saturday, but we keep evaluating as we get closer to each game.”

The Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) can clinch a berth in the conference title game against No. 6 Southern California and keep alive their slim hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff with a victory against the No. 21 Beavers (8-3, 5-3).

Nix isn’t the only Oregon player with health concerns. Starting center Alex Forsyth missed last week’s game because of a right shoulder injury, fellow offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson left after sustaining a leg injury, and receiver Chase Cota has missed the past three games with an undisclosed ailment.

“We have a lot of tough kids,” said Lanning, who declined to discuss the status of those three players. “It’s that time of year when you’re banged up and you’re hurting and it’s not Week 1 anymore. We have a lot of guys that are banged up.”

Beavers coach Jonathan Smith announced that quarterback Ben Gulbranson, who has started the past six games and gone 5-1 with Chance Nolan sidelined due to a neck injury, would remain the starter for the remainder of the season.

Gulbranson has thrown for 1,005 yards and eight TDs with just one interception since taking over. His lone loss was a 24-21 setback at Washington, which is now ranked No. 13.

Gulbranson completed 15 of 21 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in a 31-7 victory last Saturday at Arizona State.

“He’s gotten better each week,” Smith said of Gulbranson. “Competition is healthy, so whenever Chance gets healthy again, or next year even, Ben’s gonna have to compete.”

Freshman running back Damien Martinez rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Sun Devils, his fifth consecutive game with more than 100 yards on the ground. That’s the longest streak by a Beavers player since Steven Jackson had a six-game stretch in 2003.

“He won’t go down easy,” Smith said of Martinez. “He’s getting to the line, guys are starting to hang, he’s making guys miss, he’s pushing the pile, he’s finishing runs.”

While Smith was reluctant to talk about the Oregon game until this week, his players have shown no such reservations.

“I’ve been thinking about the Ducks (since) before the season,” Oregon State linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold said. “We’re ready for that.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive back Bennett Williams (4) tackles Utah Utes wide receiver Jaylen Dixon (25) during the first half at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

No. 12 Oregon has just enough to edge No. 10 Utah

Bo Nix, a game-time decision to play despite a sore right foot, passed for 287 yards to lead No. 12 Oregon to a 20-17 victory over No. 10 Utah on Saturday at Eugene, Ore.

Nix, who sustained the injury in last week’s loss to Washington, completed 25 of 37 pass attempts with a touchdown and interception.

Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and No. 7 USC (10-1, 8-1) are the only teams with one conference loss.

Utah (8-3, 6-2) had the opportunity to cut into Oregon’s 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Utes turned the ball over on downs at the Ducks’ 26-yard line with 6:54 remaining. Cameron Rising’s pass on fourth-and-2 fell incomplete.

Nix completed a 50-yard pass in the next possession but threw an interception, which was returned to the Utah 26.

The Utes made one first down, but Rising then threw his third interception of the game. He completed 21 of 38 passes for 170 yards.

Utah’s last possession ended with another turnover on downs when Solomon Enis dropped Rising’s pass on a fourth-and-6 at midfield with 1:57 left.

Nix set the tone by completing eight of his first nine passes for 70 yards. His 4-yard touchdown pass to Troy Franklin gave the Ducks a 14-3 lead with 10:28 left in the second quarter.

The Ducks’ defense limited Utah to 134 yards in total offense in the first half, but it lost safety Jamal Hill to a targeting call for the second time this season.

Utah’s offense responded in the third quarter with 110 yards of total offense while Oregon was held to 32 after amassing 245 in the first half.

The momentum shifted in the second half to Utah right away when Karene Reid recovered a fumble by Dont’e Thornton on Oregon’s first offensive play and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 17-10.

After consecutive three-and-out possessions by Oregon, Utah produced a touchdown-scoring drive of 86 yards on 13 plays that took seven minutes off the clock.

The possession culminated with Jaylen Dixon’s 18-yard touchdown run, which tied the game at 17 with 2:39 left in the third quarter.

Oregon put together a 15-play possession but couldn’t find the end zone after reaching the Utah 24. The Ducks settled for Camden Lewis’ 41-yard field goal to take the lead 20-17 with 11:17 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) changes a play at the line scrimmage in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Another pivotal November Pac-12 pairing for No. 10 Utah, No. 12 Oregon

Utah and Oregon meet in a crucial matchup late in the season for the second consecutive year with Pac-12 supremacy on the line Saturday at Eugene, Ore.

The Utes routed Oregon 38-7 last November at Salt Lake City, effectively putting an end to the Ducks’ College Football Playoff hopes. Oregon entered that game as the No. 4 team, and a win all but assured a spot in the CFP semifinals.

Utah emerged as the Pac-12 South’s representative in the conference title game against Oregon, which won the Pac-12 North. The Utes beat the Ducks again to claim the title and a bid to the Rose Bowl.

Divisions were scrapped by the Pac-12 in 2022, with the top two teams in the conference placed in the league title game.

No. 10 Utah (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) enters Saturday’s game as the higher-ranked team in the CFP. Oregon (8-2, 6-1) is rated No. 12.

The Utes have been a regular November contender, chasing a spot in the conference championship game in six of the last eight seasons.

“We’ve been in the hunt for a lot of years deep into the season,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “It speaks to the talent and just the competitiveness of our players. You go back and why do we have those type of players? Because our assistant coaches do such a great job of bringing in the right type of player into this program.”

Utah has won four straight games — three at home — including a 43-42 win over No. 7 USC on Oct. 15.

Oregon is coming off a 37-34 loss at home against Washington, snapping the Ducks’ eight-game winning streak after their opening defeat to Georgia, the No. 1 team in the country in this week’s poll.

The Ducks allowed 522 yards of total offense to Washington, including 408 passing yards by Michael Penix Jr. The Huskies converted 5 of their 9 third-down attempts and forced only one punt. They allowed scores on seven of nine offensive drives for Washington.

“What’s the hard truth? We’re not playing well on defense right now,” said Oregon coach Dan Lanning, who was the defensive coordinator at Georgia before hired to lead the Ducks this season.

“I don’t think it takes a lot of people to look at that and see it,” he continued about Oregon’s defensive shortcomings against Washington.

Oregon’s primary concern might be the secondary, where players have shifted to new roles on the fly.

Safety Trikweze Bridges was moved to cornerback. Safeties Bennett Williams and Jamal Hill together have played together more with Bryan Addison sometimes joining them on nickel packages.

The Ducks tried placing top cornerback Christian Gonzalez closer to the line and moving Bridges and Dontae Manning to the outside. Those experiments are likely to continue.

“Even though the result doesn’t always change, that doesn’t mean you can’t change your approach,” Lanning said. “And I’m going to continue to look for ways to change the approach as we move forward.”

Utah’s Cameron Rising will lead the Utes against the makeshift Oregon defense.

The reigning All-Pac-12 quarterback has completed 181 passes in 273 attempts for 2,225 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Oregon's Kris Hutson remains in the end zone after the team's loss against Washington Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

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Georgia still No. 1, Oregon slides in new CFP rankings

The top five teams remained unchanged, and Oregon slipped out of the top 10 as the third College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night.

Georgia remained No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and TCU. All four are 10-0. Tennessee (9-1) remained fifth.

Oregon (8-2) slid from sixth to 12th after losing 37-34 to Washington last Saturday. Washington moved up from 25th to 17th thanks to that win.

Georgia had ascended from No. 3 to No. 1 last week after beating Tennessee 27-13. Then the Bulldogs moved to 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference play with a 45-19 win at Mississippi State on Saturday.

Ohio State (7-0 Big Ten) has held the second spot in all three weeks of the rankings. The Buckeyes and Michigan (7-0 Big Ten) play their annual Big Game on Nov. 26 in Columbus, Ohio.

TCU, which moved up three spots last week, stayed steady at No. 4 after holding on to beat Texas 17-10 on Saturday. Texas, which had been 18th, dropped out of the rankings.

“You’re looking for improvement during the course of the year,” Boo Corrigan, the CFP committee chairman, said of TCU, in a televised ESPN interview.

No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Southern California, No. 8 Alabama and No. 9 Clemson all moved up a spot as Oregon dropped. Utah rounded out the top 10 with a jump from No. 13.

Southern California demolished Colorado 55-17 on Friday.

“They’ve continued to win games,” Corrigan told ESPN. “They have the one loss in Utah, in a really emotional (43-42) game, if you remember back to that game. That’s the one loss they have, the one blemish they have.”

The full rankings:
1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan
4. TCU
5. Tennessee
6. LSU
7. Southern California
8. Alabama
9. Clemson
10. Utah
11. Penn State
12. Oregon
13. North Carolina
14. Mississippi
15. Kansas State
16. UCLA
17. Washington
18. Notre Dame
19. Florida State
20. UCF
21. Tulane
22. Oklahoma State
23. Oregon State
24. NC State
25. Cincinnati

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Washington Huskies running back Wayne Taulapapa (21) carries the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Henry kicks No. 25 Washington to upset of No. 6 Oregon

Peyton Henry provided the winning points with a 43-yard field goal as No. 25 Washington upset No. 6 Oregon 37-34 in a back-and-forth game Saturday night in Eugene, Ore.

After the Huskies stopped Oregon on downs, Henry’s 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining lifted Washington (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) to its fourth straight win. The Ducks (8-2, 6-1) lost their first conference game and their College Football Playoff hopes took a big hit.

The Ducks had to play without star quarterback Bo Nix for a couple of minutes late in the game after he was tackled low on a run up the middle and walked slowly off the field favoring what appeared to be a leg injury.

Nix came back with Oregon behind by three to try to lead a game-tying drive, but couldn’t manage to get the Ducks in field goal range.

Down by seven with just over three minutes to play, the Huskies tied the game with Michael Penix Jr.’s pass to Taj Davis that went for 62 yards. Penix lit up Oregon’s defense for 408 passing yards.

The Huskies took a 13-10 lead into halftime after Oregon missed a long field goal attempt to end the second quarter. The third quarter saw both teams combine for five touchdowns, three for Oregon and two for Washington.

The Ducks scored on a 46-yard pass from Nix to Dont’e Thornton, then Washington answered with a short touchdown run from Cameron Davis to re-take the lead.

Oregon running back Noah Whittington gave his team a 24-20 lead with 6:24 to go in the third quarter, running 29 yards off the right side for a touchdown. But Washington struck quickly with Penix’s 76-yard connection with wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk, who’d run free from his defender in one-on-one coverage.

That didn’t faze the confident Ducks and Nix, who hit Troy Franklin for a 67-yard score and a 31-27 Oregon lead.

Seconds into the fourth quarter, Washington had a first-and-goal from the Oregon 1-yard line. But Penix was chased out of the pocket and instead of throwing the ball away or taking a sack, threw into heavy traffic toward the goal line. Ducks linebacker Noah Sewell tipped the pass, and teammate Jeffrey Bassa intercepted it.

The Ducks took over in the shadow of their own end zone, but marched 91 yards in 20 plays. However, they had to settle for a Camden Lewis field goal with 3:54 to play.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports  head coach Dan Lanning

Oregon coach Dan Lanning shuts down Auburn rumors

A report came out Sunday that linked Oregon coach Dan Lanning to the vacant job at Auburn. On Monday night, Lanning unlinked himself from the Southeastern Conference job he might otherwise be suitably prepped to take.

Lanning is nine games into his tenure at Oregon, sitting at 8-1 overall, and 6-0 in the Pac-12, good for first place. His Ducks are primed to move up from last week’s No. 8 slot when the latest College Football Playoff rankings are unveiled Tuesday night.

Still, Lanning was forced to address rumors from an Auburn-produced fan site that there’s mutual interest between the school and the former Nick Saban assistant.

“The grass is not always greener,” Lanning, 36, said about the report. “The grass is damn green in Eugene. I want to be here in Eugene for as long as Eugene will have me.

“… Oregon checks every box for me,” he added. “Hopefully that’s the last time I have to address it, but the reality is this is a destination, not just for me but for elite players.”

Auburn fired football coach Bryan Harsin last week after one-plus seasons and a 9-12 overall record. Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, a former All-American at the school, is the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Lanning was a graduate assistant to Saban in 2015 and eventually made his way to being Kirby Smart’s defensive coordinator at Georgia from 2018-21. Lanning coached the Georgia defense that went on to win the national championship last season.

Oregon’s only loss this season was a 49-3 thumping at the hands of Smart’s Bulldogs on Sept. 3 in the opening week.

The Ducks face Pac-12 foe Washington (7-2, 4-2) on Saturday in Eugene.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA;  Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) runs the ball against The California Golden Bears during the second quarter at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Oregon can stay unbeaten in Pac-12 vs. Colorado

Oregon’s seven straight wins have the Ducks ranked No. 8 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2022 season, and they’ll be heavy favorites to make it eight against Colorado in a matchup of the top and bottom teams in the Pac-12 Saturday afternoon in Boulder, Colo.

Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) might need the style points from a blowout win just to keep pace for a shot at a top-four spot in the CFP. But there is no overlooking the Buffaloes (1-7, 1-4) for the Ducks to get to the Pac-12 championship game, and perhaps even more success.

The Ducks are lighting up the scoreboard on offense. Since a 49-3 loss to now-CFP No. 3 Georgia to open the season, Oregon has not lost and has scored no fewer than 41 points in each of its seven straight wins.

Oregon has won 27 straight games when the Ducks scored 40 or more points. The Ducks have totaled 500 or more yards of offense in five straight games and have given up just one sack this season.

Quarterback Bo Nix leads the way on offense. He has three games with three rushing touchdowns, leads the conference in rushing touchdowns with 11 and has thrown 20 touchdown passes.

Oregon’s offense averages 525.8 yards per game to lead the Pac-12. Conversely, Colorado is last in the league in total offense at 295.3 yards per game.

Defensive back Christian Gonzalez, who was a top player for Colorado in his two seasons there before transferring to Oregon prior to this season, had eight tackles and blocked a field goal last weekend at Cal. Gonzalez will face his former team Saturday.

“We’re going to celebrate our wins, but as an offense and as a defense there’s things we’ve got to work on,” Gonzalez said, per Oregon’s athletics website. “We can finish out a game better as a defense. It’s just getting back to work, being humble and hungry.”

Colorado will face its third top-12 program of the season in Oregon, as TCU and UCLA have risen to Nos. 7 and 12, respectively. The Buffaloes still have at least two more current top-25 opponents on their schedule, Southern California and Utah.

In a 42-34 home loss to Arizona State last week, Colorado scored a season-high 34 points. Jordyn Tyson had an 88-yard punt return for a score and caught a 58-yard touchdown pass for the Buffaloes.

Deion Smith rushed for 111 yards, a career high.

Defensively, Colorado struggled in pass coverage against the Sun Devils and were often victimized by big plays. Arizona State had 15 plays in which it gained at least 10 rushing yards or at least 15 yards on a pass completion.

“Our offense goes and has a tremendous drive, the defense has to get a stop,” Colorado interim head coach Mike Sanford said via the team website. “Those are the things I believe we’re going to piece together throughout the course of these next four weeks.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA;  Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) runs the ball for a touchdown against The California Golden Bears during the second quarter at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Nix accounts for six scores as No. 8 Oregon rolls past Cal

Quarterback Bo Nix accounted for six touchdowns, three on the ground and three with a 412-yard passing assault, and eighth-ranked Oregon routed California 42-24 on Saturday afternoon in Pacific-12 play in Berkeley, Calif.

Nix threw 12 yards to Bucky Irving, 29 yards to Noah Whittington and 40 yards to Patrick Herbert, while also running in from the 4 and twice from the 1, lifting the Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) to a seventh straight victory after an opening loss to Georgia.

Oregon has topped 40 points in all seven of its wins.

The Auburn transfer finished 27-for-35 passing, and fell 16 yards shy of the career-best 428 yards he put up in September against Washington State. He was intercepted twice.

The three-TD rushing game was his third of the year and increased his season total to 11. He totaled 59 yards on 12 carries.

Whittington was the game’s leading rusher with 66 yards on 10 carries, and also hauled in a team-high five passes for 67 yards, helping the Ducks outgain the Golden Bears 586-402.

Seeking to end a three-game losing streak, Cal (3-5, 1-4) led twice in the early going, first after a Dario Longhetto 28-yard field goal that opened the scoring, and a second time at 10-7 on a 6-yard TD pass from Jack Plummer to J.Michael Sturdivant in the second minute of the second quarter.

Oregon then scored the next four touchdowns, two on Nix runs and two on Nix passes, to make it a runaway at 35-10 early in the fourth period.

Plummer went 20-of-33 passing for 214 yards with two interceptions before giving way to freshman Kai Millner, who threw his first two collegiate touchdown passes in the final 7:38. Monroe Young hauled in the first from 11 yards out, before Justin Richard Baker capped the day’s scoring with a 55-yard reception.

Millner wound up 8-for-11 for 114 yards, giving the Golden Bears 328 passing yards in the contest.

Jeremiah Hunter was Cal’s leading receiver with five catches for 96 yards, while Jaydn Ott paced Golden Bears running backs with 57 yards on 14 carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) carries the football during the second half with help from offensive lineman Ryan Walk (53) against the UCLA Bruins at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks won the game 45-30. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

No. 8 Oregon aims to keep rolling against Cal

No. 8 Oregon will seek to retain its top spot in the Pac-12 standings while keeping its playoff hopes alive when it visits struggling Cal on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif.

The Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) have gotten their offense in high gear since a 49-3 shellacking at the hands of top-ranked Georgia in a neutral-site opener. After putting up 70 points on Eastern Washington, Oregon has topped 40 in five consecutive games against BYU and four Pac-12 opponents — Washington State, Stanford, Arizona and most recently UCLA.

The latter was Oregon’s victim last week in a showdown of teams ranked inside the top 10 of the AP Poll. Ducks quarterback Bo Nix outdueled UCLA star Dorian Thompson-Robinson with 283 passing yards and five touchdowns in a 45-30 win that allowed Oregon to move up two spots in the national rankings.

A win over Cal (3-4, 1-3) likely wouldn’t have that kind of impact, but all wins count, especially when another loss would assuredly knock the Ducks out of the national-title picture.

Oregon has won 11 of the last 13 meetings over the Golden Bears, but Cal has taken two of the last three at home, including 21-17 in the 2020 finale when the Ducks flew into town as the 21st-ranked team in the country.

Cal has lost 11 of 19 games since then, including 24-17 last October at Oregon when the Ducks, ranked ninth at the time, needed to score two touchdowns in the final 11:23 to avoid a major upset.

The Golden Bears enter this meeting having lost three in a row, but several players — including star receiver J. Michael Sturdivant — have seen improvement.

“I think this team could beat anybody,” the wideout boasted in the wake of last week’s competitive setback. “I think every game from here on out is definitely winnable.”

The Ducks surely enter the game with a big edge in a battle of transfer quarterbacks.

Nix has averaged 272.7 passing yards in his last six games with 17 touchdowns and just one interception. The Auburn transfer also has rushed for eight touchdowns in his last five outings.

“I don’t think anybody can sit here and watch football right now and watch our quarterback playing and tell me he’s not an elite quarterback,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said after the UCLA win. “This guy’s playing at an extremely high level. He makes great decisions for his team.”

Meanwhile, Cal’s Jack Plummer has just 12 touchdown passes in seven games, although he’s coming off a game against Washington in which he equaled his season high with three. The Purdue transfer threw for 245 yards without an interception against the Huskies in arguably his best performance for Cal.

If the Golden Bears are going to put themselves in a position to possibly upset Oregon again, chances are they’ll have to duplicate a defensive effort in which they allowed Washington just six points over the first 40 minutes of last week’s contest.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates a touchdown with offensive lineman Ryan Walk (53) against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon meet in Pac-12 battle of unbeatens

One of the week’s marquee matchups in college football takes place Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Ore., when No. 10 Oregon hosts No. 9 UCLA in a key Pac-12 tilt.

Both the Bruins (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) and Ducks (5-1, 3-0) are coming off bye weeks, and are the only two remaining unbeaten Pac-12 teams in conference play.

UCLA coach Chip Kelly was the man who guided the Oregon program to its first of two appearances in the national championship game, at the conclusion of the 2010 season. He also led the program to two Rose Bowls and a Fiesta Bowl. Kelly then moved on to coach in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers before taking over at UCLA in 2018.

“It’s always special going back there, it’s a special place in my life and there’s a lot of great people there that had a profound impact on my life,” Kelly said this week. “But I’m not playing the game, so … we’re totally focused.”

Kelly has never beaten the Ducks in three previous meetings against them, though the last two meetings (2020 and 2021) have been three-point losses.

Under Kelly, the Bruins are 24-25. The Ducks are 14-3 against the Bruins since the 2000 season, including a win over the Bruins in the first-ever Pac-10 championship game in 2011.

Oregon has won three straight meetings and nine of the past 10 in the overall series. The Ducks have won seven straight home games against the Bruins, including last season’s 34-31 victory in which Oregon trailed 14-0 after the first quarter.

It’s the first time since 2014 that two Top 10-ranked teams meet at Autzen Stadium, and the sixth time that two teams in the Top 10 will face each other in Eugene. Oregon is 5-0 in the last five of those games.

“It’s going to be an awesome atmosphere, obviously getting the opportunity to play UCLA, who’s a really good team clicking on all cylinders right now,” Oregon first-year head coach Dan Lanning said. “But that environment, I think, from our fans, and for recruits, it’s going to be really special.”

UCLA is led by quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, whose 74.8 percent completion rate leads the conference. He has 15 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Thompson-Robinson has connected on 77.2 percent of his passes in conference play.

Bruins running back Zach Charbonnet is the Pac-12’s second-leading rusher with 615 yards in five games. He averages 7.1 yards per carry and has six rushing touchdowns.

For the Ducks, Auburn transfer Bo Nix has been everything they hoped he would be since the team’s Week 1 loss to now top-ranked Georgia. Nix has eight rushing touchdowns — five in his past two games — and his 331 rushing yards lead the conference’s quarterbacks.

Nix also has a 70.4 percent completion rate, which trails only his UCLA counterpart in the conference. He has thrown for 12 TDs while getting picked off three times.

The Ducks have three of the top 12 rushers in the Pac-12, running backs Bucky Irving (429 yards) and Noah Whittington (336) and Nix, who ranked sixth, 11th and 12th, respectively.

–Field Level Media