As a freshman against Arizona State, Oregon’s LaMichael James rushed 22 times for 150 yards and three scores. James was significantly less impressive last year in Tempe as a sophomore: 22 carries, 68 yards and a touchdown. You take away this 40-yard sprint and he was completely ineffective.
The Ducks won both games. With James out tonight (elbow), can Kenjon Barner and freshman De’Anthony Thomas be as effective?
Oregon has won 19 in a row at home. Chip Kelly has never lost in Autzen. The line for this one has hovered between 14-17 all week, which seems high since the Ducks haven’t faced an offense this good in 2011, and Arizona, which is dreadful, scored 31 on Oregon.
I’m tempted to take the Sun Devils in an upset, but I’ll ride with the Ducks: 37-30.