KVAL Sports predictions: Mile High Magic?

KVAL Sports predictions: Mile High Magic?


OREGON vs. COLORADO

Tom WardTom Ward
 

No Black Mamba, no problem.  The Ducks will likely NOT have De’Anthony Thomas when they roll into Boulder as a 39 point favorite for Saturday’s game against Colorado.  Oregon leads the country in rushing at 332 yards per game, but have proven this season they can manufacture any kind of offense at just about any given time.  The Buffs are 10th in the nation against the run at 91 yards per game, but that stat is somewhat of a misnomer.  Oregon State put up 120 rushing yards on the CU defense at Reser Stadium, and Colorado’s other two opponents are below average teams—at best.  Once again, this one will be over by halftime, and Marcus Mariota may not play at all in the 3rd quarter.  Prediction: Oregon 69  Colorado 12

Craig LoperCraig Loper
 

In stark contrast with last Saturday’s game against Cal, the weather forecast is 55 degrees and partly cloudy in Boulder, Colorado. Simply put, better weather means more points for Marcus Mariota and the Ducks offense. Despite De’Anthony Thomas out with an injury, the Ducks won’t miss a beat. Expect Byron Marshall to rush for more than 150 yards and not fumble three times this time around. Mariota finds his groove as well, expect a minimum of three touchdown passes and 250 yards.  Colorado is better than the last couple of years but they’re still nowhere near the ability to be competitive in the Pac-12. If last week’s loss to Oregon State is a sign of things to come against Oregon, Buffalo nation is in for a painfully long Saturday.  Something to watch in this one will be the matchup between the Oregon secondary and Colorado wideout Paul Richardson. Richardson is the first competitive receiver the Ducks will face this season. Although Richardson only had five catches against Oregon State, he is still talented enough to have a breakout game. Prediction:  Oregon 70  Colorado 10

Collin Harmon
Collin Harmon

I went with my alma mater last week because I thought they were much improved, and the Beavers inconsistency was slightly worrisome, but that proved to be a big lapse in judgment.  I won’t make that mistake this week.  Oregon is faster and more athletic than Colorado at every single position and it will be the fifth straight blowout win for the Ducks as they’ll run the Buffs right out of their own stadium.  Look for Thomas Tyner to get his biggest workload of the season, and his stat line will reflect that.  Prediction: Oregon 63  Colorado 14

John FranchiJohn Franchi
 

Oregon is primed for a Mile High Blowout.  Games are won on the field, but a quick glance at the Pac-12 stat sheet, reveals all the ingredients for a big Oregon win over Colorado.  The Ducks come into this game with the most prolific scoring offense in the conference, averaging 59.8 points per game.  The Buffaloes rank second to last in the Pac-12 in scoring defense.  Colorado has been torched for 300 passing yards per game. Look for Marcus Mariota and his experienced corps of wide receivers to air it out in the thin air.  Colorado is better than the team that celebrated just one victory in 2012, but the Buffs have a long way to go before approaching the Ducks’ level of talent.   Prediction: Oregon 70   Colorado 10

 

THE STANDINGS

John continues to lead the overall standings with an 8-1 mark, but Tom has garnered more bonus points than anyone this season by virtue of being closest to the final scores of the games three different weeks.

John Franchi
John Franchi

8-1
(9)

 

Tom Ward
Tom Ward
7-2
(10)

 

Craig Loper
Craig Loper
7-2
(8)

 

Collin Harmon
Collin Harmon
6-3
(6)

 

 

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