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Will the Wildcats take down the Ducks in Eugene?

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The Arizona Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) and Oregon Ducks (5-5, 2-5) are set to square off Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

The game is set for 5 p.m. MST at Autzen Stadium, and it will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. As this was published, the Ducks were listed as three-point favorites.

But here is what we think will happen. Make sure to make your predictions in the comment section below!

Christopher Boan — Arizona wins 38-28

Justin Herbert will be back under center for Willie Taggart at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, but he’s missed seven weeks, so you have to wonder how sharp he’ll be. Also, you know that Khalil Tate will be ready to feast on Jim Leavitt’s defense, even if they’re ranked second in the conference in yards per game allowed.

I expect this one to be a nail-biter for 50 minutes, with Tate eventually wearing down the Ducks, en route to a big-time win heading into the Territorial Cup week. Get your popcorn ready folks, this one could be a doozy.

Ryan Kelapire — Arizona wins 45-38

I do not have a good feel for this game at all. I think if Justin Herbert had a game or two under his belt heading into this one, I would pick Oregon, but I can’t imagine he’s going to be super comfortable out there in his first game back from a broken collarbone.

That said, Royce Freeman will surely give Arizona’s defense problems.

So it might come down to just how dominant Khalil Tate is. Oregon has the second-best rushing defense in the country, so maybe it can get just enough stops to escape with the win. But... I don’t think that will happen.

(Also, I am going to take a moment to brag about how spot on my prediction was last week.)

Brandon Combs — Arizona wins 52-28

To me this game has the same feel as the UCLA game. The team seems mad but focused and the last time that happened was against UCLA. They know what is at stake and how challenging it can be to play in Eugene.

Like stated above, I don’t think Herbert is going to be comfortable coming back after missing seven weeks. I also remember the last time Arizona faced a top-rated defense in the conference (Washington State).

Add to that Khalil Tate and you have a Wildcat win. The key will be for the defense to not let up like it did against Oregon State last week.

Robby Leano — Arizona wins 42-35

First of all, let me start off by saying this might be one of my least confident picks. Is there any lost confidence in what Arizona’s offense can do? Heck no! I still firmly believe in Khalil Tate and his ability to run a stellar offense (pun intended).

The problem I have here is, I have no idea which Oregon team we’re going to see. If USC’s Ronald Jones III was able to find gaps in Arizona’s defense, who’s to say Royce Freeman won’t?

Arizona will really have to up the ante on both sides of the ball (and yes that includes more passing plays as well), if they want to win this game. And I think they can and will.

Alec Sills-Trausch — Arizona wins 42-28

Losers of four out of its five, Oregon hasn't looked good as of late. With question marks arising about who will play quarterback and the fact this team just can't seem to score points, I can't see them coming out on top.

Arizona is still playing its best ball of the entire season and doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon. Plus, the weather looks good which means a slippery field shouldn't be too much of a concern for Khalil Tate, J.J. Taylor, and co.

Arizona wins this and heads into Territorial Cup week with a nine-win season on the line.

Jason Bartel — Arizona wins 48-42

I don’t think there’s anything I can add from above. Just a gut feeling of another high-scoring, close road game for the Tate Army.