KVAL Sports predictions: Willamette Valley double-dip

KVAL Sports predictions: Willamette Valley double-dip


CALIFORNIA vs. OREGON

Tom WardTom Ward
 

This one sets up poorly for California, as the Ducks are second in the nation in rushing offense, total offense, and scoring offense.  Coming off a bye week with extra time to prepare for Sonny Dykes' 'Bear-Raid' offense, the Oregon defense will surely not be caught flat-footed. The Ducks are also number two in the nation in turnover margin, and with it set to be wet and windy at Autzen Saturday night, expect ball security to be an issue.  The Ducks have been extraordinary in dealing with those kinds of conditions in recent years, and that will continue.  Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and the UO secondary will get to Jared Goff at least a couple of times, and maybe even take one back to the house.  Prediction: Oregon 59, California 23

Craig LoperCraig Loper
 

I've heard Cal's passing attack is pretty good. Fortunately for the Ducks, their secondary is probably the strongest unit of the defense. The formula for this one is simple. True freshman quarterback, on the road in Autzen, against a defense that feeds off the crowd equals a long day for Sonny Dikes. The Golden Bears will be over matched. Not to mention the Ducks have had a week to prepare. I expect the Oregon defense to get to Jared Goff early and often and force at least two turnovers. The Ducks offense continues to roll. Expect more than 600 total yards. Prediction: Oregon 49, California 17
Collin Harmon
Collin Harmon

The Ducks offense has been unstoppable this year and that won’t change this weekend.  The key matchup is the Oregon D vs the Cal O.  Golden Bears true freshman QB Jared Goff has been extremely impressive, leading the nation in total offense.  Unfortunately for him, the Ducks have had an extra week to prepare for the ‘Bear Raid’ offense.  The volume at Autzen and the speed of the Oregon defense will get to Goff, and this one won’t be much of a game.  The Ducks will even cover the 36.5 point spread. Barely.  Prediction: Oregon 58, California 21

John FranchiJohn Franchi
 

After their bye week, the well-rested Oregon Ducks return to action against California.  This figures to be a long night for the Golden Bears.  Cal has just one win in three tries this year with both losses coming to teams ranked in the top 25.  The Bears have looked anything but impressive so far.  Cal’s pass defense has given up an average of 294 yards per game.  That number ranks 110th in the FBS and dead last in the Pac-12.  The Oregon passing attack has flourished this season and Marcus Mariota and his corps of talented receivers are ready to feast on this glaring weakness in the Cal defense.  Cal has done a good job on offense, they are averaging 33 points per game, but the Bears have not faced a defense like Oregon’s.  This one has the potential to be lopsided, ugly, and over by halftime.  Prediction: Oregon 69, California 21

 


COLORADO vs OREGON ST.

Tom WardTom Ward
 

Colorado takes a step up in competition this week, on the road against a Pac-12 opponent.  That's a far cry from playing Central Arkansas or Colorado State in a neutral site game.  As a result, Connor Wood and the Buffs offense is going to experience things they haven't had to deal with as they continue to gel as a group.  Conditions at Reser will not be conducive to an efficient  passing game, and the Beavers lead the Pac-12 in interceptions with six so far this season.  The Beavers will deal with the weather better than Colorado, and this will be the week that OSU (relatively speaking) puts it all together.  Prediction: Oregon St. 37,  Colorado 24

Craig LoperCraig Loper
 

Can the Beavers keep winning like they have been? That is the question. Over the four weeks of college football, Oregon State has probably been the most fun team to watch in the NCAA but how many times can they do it? How many times can they win the game in the fourth quarter? How many times can they go all game without a rushing attack? How many times will the team have to lean on the arm of Sean Mannion? All these questions will be answered on Saturday. Colorado isn't the best team (neither was San Diego State) but they're better than previous years and it's a conference game. With two wins under their belt and seeing how the Oregon State has played in their games this season, the Buffs won't be scared to go into Reser Stadium. I don't expect the Beavs' running game to get going so it will once again rest on the arm of Sean Mannion and his numerous weapons. I think this one remains close all the way through but the Beavers entertain us all again. Prediction: Oregon St. 38,  Colorado 31
Collin Harmon
Collin Harmon

 
The Beavers escaped San Diego with a win over the Aztecs to move to 3-1, but let’s be honest; OSU had no business winning that game.  SDSU gave it away, but credit to the Beavers defense for stepping up and making the plays when they needed to.  However, many issues remain on both sides of the ball. The lack of a running game finally caught up to the Beavs as their passing offense was slowed for much of the game.  The OSU pass defense continues to allow big scoring plays, and that’s problematic against a Colorado team that features one of the best wide receivers in the entire country in Paul Richardson. Look for yet another high-scoring affair at Reser, and because of the inconsistencies with OSU, I like the Buffs in this one (it has NOTHING to do with the fact I’m a CU alum…maybe.)  Prediction: Colorado 38, Oregon St. 35

John FranchiJohn Franchi

Oregon State lacks a running game and the Beavers’ defense has given up its share of points and big plays.  So how has this team managed to win 3 straight games?  The answer is simple…the magic of Mannion.  Quarterback Sean Mannion has been this team’s savior.  His 401 passing yards per game rank 2nd in the nation.  More importantly, he has been calm and cool in leading the Beavers to a pair of late game wins.  Sure this team has some issues, but how in the world will a rebuilding Colorado team end this magical run?  Prediction: Oregon St. 41, Colorado 30


THE STANDINGS

Last week, the guys all correctly predicted OSU's win in San Diego, meaning John continues to lead the overall standings.  John and Tom are leading the overall points race with seven apiece.

John Franchi
John Franchi

6-1
(7)

 

Tom Ward
Tom Ward
5-2
(7)

 

Craig Loper
Craig Loper
5-2
(6)

 

Collin Harmon
Collin Harmon

5-2
(5)

 

 

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