Game prediction: Oregon limps into No. 11 Utah looking for something to cling to

What does Oregon get for its troubles following a reduction last week at home against Stanford? : A road game against a much better version of this Cardinal.
The Ducks play in No. 11 Utah Saturday at Salt Lake City, Utah, and on newspaper have no chance to win, or perhaps remain close. So much so that the 14-point spread seems to be an insult to Utah by about 10 points.
Oregon (3-7, 1-6 Pac-12) will roll into Utah (8-2, 5-2) with all the second-worst rushing defense at the Pac-12 at 255.4 yards allowed per game to face the hottest rushing attack in the seminar.
“Same thing as last week, actually,” Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke said. “You’ve got to stop the run. There’s little doubt about it”
Uh oh!
Oregon hasn’t stopped the run all season. Not against UC Davis and Virginia in what appears like ions ago. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey ran rampant a week, scoring three touchdowns as the Cardinal, owners of the worst offense in the conference, averaging 340 yards per game, put up 540 yards of total offense on the Ducks.
Utah, averaging 433.7 yards per game is better on offense than Stanford thanks to this amazing performances of running Joe Williams. He”retired” for four games to begin the season only to be spoken back into playing. Since his return, Williams has averaged 216 total yards and 156.5 yards rushing per game. He’s gained 939 rushing yards on 7.0 yards per carry.
“He is possibly the most explosive and the quickest of some of the backs we have had here up to a house run-type back that could extend the distance away from anywhere on the field,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told colleagues this week.
To make things worse for Oregon, Williams runs behind a veteran offensive line.
“They are physical upfront,” Hoke said. “Quite senior-oriented offensive line with three men up there which have played a great deal of football.”
The Ducks are the opposite with one senior beginning on a young defense that’s rotated through 14 defensive linemen this year.
“We had a fantastic week of training , same thing we did the week before,” Hoke said. “Our guys have come out and fought, and been physical every time we go on the area.”
That intensity has not translated into powerful performances on game titles. Saturday will probably be no different.

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