Colorado-Oregon Preview Capsule
Colorado (2-8, 0-7 Pac-12) at No. 3 Oregon (9-1, 6-1), 4:37 p.m. EST (Pac-12 Network).
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Series Record: Oregon leads 10-8.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Oregon is already headed to the Pac-12 championship game after clinching the league’s North Division. As the No. 2 team in the College Football playoff rankings, the Ducks are likely headed to one of the first playoff games if they can win out and claim the league title game. Colorado’s season will end after the finale at home against Utah the week after the visit to Eugene.
Oregon’s offensive line is beat up, but they should have no trouble protecting quarterback Marcus Mariota from the Buffaloes, who are ranked 103rd in the nation in total defense. The Ducks’ dual threat quarterback, a favorite for the Heisman, needs nine more rushing yards to become the fifth quarterback in NCAA history with 9,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. Among those in front of him are Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
COLORADO: Wide receiver Nelson Spruce leads the nation with 99 catches, and he’s ranked seventh in receiving yards with 1,091, and fourth with 11 touchdown catches. He could see success against the Ducks, ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in pass defense.
OREGON: Running back Royce Freeman needs 55 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, which will make him the first true freshman at Oregon to reach the plateau. Freeman has 14 rushing touchdowns so far this season; the school record for a season is held by LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner, who each had 21-TD seasons.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oregon tackle Andre Yruretagoyena is expected to return after missing eight games with a left leg injury. ... But the Ducks will likely be without center Hroniss Grasu, who was injured in Oregon’s 51-27 victory over Utah. ... Colorado kicker Will Oliver has made a school-record 97 consecutive extra points and has hit nine straight field goals. ... It will be the fourth time in five games that Colorado has faced a ranked opponent. ... Both teams are coming off byes. ... Thirty-five seasons ago Colorado played Oregon in the first college game televised on ESPN.