Kirk Herbstreit picks against Oregon in late-night road matchup with Arizona
Oregon’s recent history in the state of Arizona has been well-documented throughout the week. The Ducks have had some strange scores. With Arizona being much better this season than they were a year ago — bolstered by an explosive offense that has been putting up big numbers in recent weeks — could the Ducks be in for another wacky evening?
Kirk Herbstreit thinks so.
On ESPN’s College GameDay show Saturday morning, Herbstreit said Arizona was his Super Dog of the week. The Wildcats are a 13.5-point underdog at home.
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.
The 12th-ranked Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) have a 78.2% chance of winning, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. Bill Connelly’s SP+ has the Ducks winning 42-19 and gives them a 90% chance of leaving Tucson with the win.
“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.