Oregon vs. UCLA: Prediction, Pick, Broadcast, Football Match Odds, Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online

The biggest game in the Pac-12 thus far makes headlines of the season on Saturday as No. 9 UCLA, off to an undefeated start as one of the most surprising teams in the country, looks to keep the momentum alive when they take on the No. 10 Oregon. Both teams are coming off bye weeks and should be well prepared for this matchup in Eugene, Oregon, as conference races heat up across the country.

The Bruins posted back-to-back wins over conference-ranked foes before the bye week, defeating then-undefeated Washington and the beefy Utah Utes in emphatic fashion. Led by star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the offense leads the conference in yards per play with 7.17 and plays of 40 or more yards (10).

The Ducks have surpassed the 40-point mark in each of their last five games, and quarterback Bo Nix has become one of the most efficient signal-callers in the Pac-12 after spending three years as a starter in Auburn.

Let’s preview the matchup and make direct and counter-spread picks.

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Hit one-two: Thompson-Robinson gets all the publicity, but don’t sleep on star running back Zach Charbonnet. The Michigan transfer leads the Pac-12 in rushing and is the only player in the conference to average more than 100 yards per game (123.0). He’s coming off a career-best 198-yard performance in the win over Utah, which is even more impressive considering how physical the Utes are up front. That’s what makes this offense so intriguing. Coach Chip Kelly hasn’t abandoned the distribution principles he’s known for, but he added size and physicality in the trenches that make Pac-12 defenses harder to handle. Thompson-Robinson and Charbonnet handle him to perfection, and it will be fascinating to see how Kelly builds on his foundation during the bye week.

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Nix has help: The Ducks quarterback struggled with consistency during his first three years in the game, but that changed once he moved west. He has thrown for 12 touchdowns, just three interceptions while completing 70.4% of his passes and averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Having a versatile running game has been a big part of that consistency. Bucky Irving and Noah Whittington are averaging over 6.4 yards per carry and have done a great job of keeping defenses honest. The threat they provide has helped Nix not only through the air, but also score eight touchdowns on the ground.

Limit big plays: This likely comes down to which team limits the big plays, and the Bruins have an advantage on that heading into Saturday’s matchup. They have allowed only 16 total plays of 20 or more yards in six games, and only one of those came on the ground. That’s what makes this Bruins team so intriguing: It’s a much more complete team than many realize.

How to watch Oregon vs UCLA live

Date: Saturday October 22 | Weather: 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Autzen Stadium – Eugene, Oregon
TV: fox | Live broadcast: fuboTV (Try it for free)

Oregon vs UCLA Prediction, Picks

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I’ll take the Bruins not just to cover but to win outright. Thompson-Robinson has become one of the best playmakers in the country, and the stress Kelly’s scheme puts on the opposing forward seven will be too much for the Ducks. Thompson-Robinson and Charbonnet will combine for more than 200 catch-adjusted rushing yards and stun what should be a rowdy crowd in Eugene. Prediction: UCLA +6

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