ESPN's betting expert shares insane stat about Oregon's recent trips to Arizona
Oregon visits the desert Saturday evening for some Pac-12 At Dusk action. The Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) are coming off a confidence-building kind of performance against Colorado where quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for a career-high 484 yards and a program-record-tying six touchdowns.
But the 12th-ranked Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) are a double-digit favorite in the matchup and given a 78.2% chance of winning by ESPN’s Football Power Index.
Weird things have happened between these two teams in the past, though. Particularly with Oregon as a major favorite. ESPN’s Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica shared a pretty wild stat about the matchup earlier this week.
Oregon doesn’t go to Arizona much but weird things usually happen when they do. In their last 4 trips to the state as a favorite, the Ducks have lost outright as a favorite of more than a TD, three times vs a team that didn’t have a winning record under three different coaches…
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) October 6, 2022
In the Ducks’ two most recent trips to Tucson, they’ve been outscored 86-31. Oregon went to Arizona as the No. 5 team in the country in 2013 and lost 42-16. In 2018, Oregon was coming in off a loss to Washington State on the road and got blasted 44-15 by an Arizona squad that finished the year 5-7.
“I think our players are aware of the history there,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said this week. “Anytime you go on the road in this conference is going to be a challenge. We’re expecting Arizona’s absolute best, but just like we’ve kind of said every week, we’re not playing Arizona, we’re playing Oregon. That’s our focus right now. We got to be the best version of us.”
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.