Oregon-Arizona Preview Capsule

B.J. Denker

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback B.J. Denker #7 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the ball against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 38-31.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:02 PM

No. 5 Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) at Arizona (6-4, 3-4), 3:30 p.m. (ABC and ESPN2)

Line: Oregon by 20 1-2.

Series record: Oregon leads 24-14.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

With an outside shot at playing in the BCS championship game, Oregon can't afford a letup in its final two games. The Ducks, at No. 5 in the BCS standings, will need help, but it's still a possibility if they beat the Wildcats and rival Oregon State. Arizona is trying to bounce back after frustrating losses to Washington State and UCLA.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon's run defense vs. Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey. The Ducks have one of the nation's best run defenses, allowing 143 yards per game, and are the only team to hold Arizona under 100 yards the past two seasons. They will face their biggest test of the season against Carey, who is second nationally with 150.3 yards per game and has rushed for at least 100 yards in 13 straight games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: QB Marcus Mariota. The dual-threat sophomore is still a leading Heisman Trophy contender despite the Ducks' loss to Stanford. Mariota has thrown a Pac-12 record 343 passes without an interception - 285 this season - and has accounted for 34 touchdowns, with a TD pass in all 23 games of his career.

Arizona: LB Scooby Wright. Wright has put together an impressive first season, tying for the team lead with 70 tackles, which ranks second nationally among freshmen. He also is tied for the team lead with eight tackles for loss.

FACTS & FIGURES

Oregon has won five straight in the series, including the past two in Tempe. The Ducks last lost at Arizona Stadium in 2007, when quarterback Dennis Dixon's Heisman Trophy hopes effectively came to an end because of a knee injury. ... Arizona has struggled in the red zone the past two games, scoring six times in 10 trips inside the 20, including four touchdowns. ... Oregon is second nationally with 84 plays of 20 yards or more. ... The Wildcats have 13 interceptions through 10 games, their most since picking off 16 in 2008. ... More than 71 percent (47 of 66) of Oregon's scoring drives have lasted two minutes or less. ... Carey needs 117 yards rushing to break Trung Canidate's career school record of 3,824.

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