EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 29: Running back De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks heads to the end zone with a 45 yard pass reception for a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 43-28.(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Two high scoring offenses clash as the Oregon Ducks and Arizona Wildcats open their Pac-12 seasons in Autzen Stadium.
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Two of the Pac-12's undefeated teams meet in Autzen Stadium on Saturday in what should be a high-scoring, fast-paced affair. Chip Kelly's Oregon Ducks host Rich Rodriguez's Arizona Wildcats as two run-based spread offense teams clash.
The No. 3 Ducks open the conference season with critics pointing to a weak schedule while the Wildcats already have a strong resume-building win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their back pocket. But for a UA team still lacking in depth and still learning Rodriguez's offense along with Jeff Casteel's 3-3-5 defense, how well will the Wildcats compete with Oregon's speed and pace?
Defense aside, UA quarterback Matt Scott will have to lead his team with precision if they hope to hang with the points De'Anthony Thomas and his Oregon crew likely put up.
And an equally interesting story lies on the sideline, where two coaches who have traded ideas with one another in the past finally go head-to-head.
It's the first test for the Ducks, and the first opportunity for Chip Kelly's squad to prove that the No. 3 ranking, despite the schedule, is well deserved. For Arizona, it's just another chance to show fans that the recovery from the Mike Stoops era is moving along faster than first anticipated.
Game time, TV channel: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Point spread: Oregon favored by 26.5
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