Oregon (@2.4) vs Auburn (@1.6)

Our Prediction:

Auburn will win

Oregon – Auburn Match Prediction | 24-08-2019 19:30

The 325-pound defensive tackle has the agility of a player 50 pounds lighter without sacrificing power. While Oregon's o-line features four seniors and at least two future NFL bodies in senior right tackle Calvin Throckmorton and sophomore left tackle Penei Sewell, but Brown is so destructive a force that he should be able to get acquainted with Herbert or running back CJ Verdell once or twice. Derrick Brown is a lock to go in the first round of the NFL Draft provided he stays healthy.

If the Ducks return these key players, my initial thoughts see a 10 win season. The three opponents which pose the biggest threat for Oregon in my mind are Auburn, Washington and Washington State all three will have a new quarterback under center for the 2019 campaign. Oregons success for the 2019 season of course all depends on if Herbert returns, among others including Calvin Throckmorton, Mitchell and Dye. Oregons depth still isnt where it needs to be to make a playoff run, but a Pac-12 championship is a realistic expectation. Experience plays a huge role in sports, and the Ducks will have that advantage if Herbert returns.

Way-too-early predictions of Oregons 2019 football schedule

Returning its top three rushers, Auburn operates a run heavy attack, which is ideal for Oregon's defensive line that allowed less than four yards a carry last season. However, the Auburn offense is retooling with a first-time starting quarterback between either redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood or true freshman Bo Nix. The Tigers' defense will be a test for the Ducks right out of the gate.

A win would be an immediate resume boost to the Pac-12 conference, which is much needed. A match-up with Auburn week one should have the attention of the college football world. Its important to note Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham intends to turn pro after this season. If Justin Herbert, Troy Dye and Dillon Mitchell all return, Ill give the nod to the Ducks. Oregon goes undefeated in their non-conference line-up. Oregons non-conference schedule is much improved from the 2018 season.

Fittingly, Nixs favorite Auburn memory as a fan includes the Ducks. From his seat at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Nix cheered as quarterback Cam Newton and the Tigers defeated the Ducks, 22-19, to win the programs first national championship game in 63 years. Nixs dream to lead Auburn to a national championship intensified while he watched the 2011 BCS National Championship game.

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In two months, Oregon football grasps the chance to upset Auburn in prime time and become the Pac-12's best chance for a spot in the playoff. It's hard to count out a determined Malzahn, who has been featured on every hot seat' list in the country, and a resilient Auburn team,but the Ducks have the star power, size and experience to beat the Tigers.

There is an argument to be made that this could be Auburns signature win of 2019, but it just seems unlikely even with the home field advantage. Something that hasnt happened in over 80 years. One important historical note to mention is that this could be the last time the Deep Souths Oldest Rivalry is played in its usual late November slot for a while.

Not to mention the Cougars will have to turn to a new quarterback for a second straight season with Gardner Minshew set to graduate. The Ducks end their WSU woes and get their first win over them in five years. WSU has won the head-to-head four years straight, but the home field advantage gives Oregon a leg up in this one. Win or lose, the Ducks will then immediately have to turn their attention to the Cougars, and we all saw how that played out this past season.

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In the passing game, he has great hands andis tough to take downwith surprising speed. McCormick excels at blocking and is physically imposing at the point of attack in the run game. I expect 6-foot-5, 260-poundMcCormick to be a large weapon for Herbert this season. The largest receiver on the roster, 6-foot-4, 230-pound Johnson, must utilize his size and be a constant goal line threat. This is where the physical play of wide receiver Juwan Johnson and tight end Cam McCormick is crucial.

The Buffaloes are reportedly bringing in Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as their new head coach, but nothing has been confirmed. Both games are at home, and for that reason, Ill say Oregon wins and starts the season 6-0. Home games with Cal and Colorado dont seem to pose much of a threat, although the Golden Bears should take another step forward under head coach Justin Wilcox.

The Auburn defense isnt going to be as good as the Michigan State D of last year, but in the Redbox Bowl, Oregon was only able to generate 37 rushing yards and do nothing down the field with the passing game in the 7-6 win. The Spartans seemed to live behind the line, and the Ducks couldnt do anything on third down conversions, hitting on just 2-of-14 chances.