By Brad Carroll
Before we sink our teeth into what is a truly amazing slate of college football games this coming Saturday, where a whopping six matchups feature two ranked teams playing each other, a national championship contender and Heisman trophy favorite will play on national television Thursday night.
Oregon, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, will host Arizona in a late night game to give everyone an early taste of what should be a great week of college football matchups. We preview and our four college football experts pick the game against the spread below. As always, follow us on Twitter for the latest college football news, analysis and picks against the spread right here.
Arizona at No. 2 Oregon, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
The Spread: Arizona +23.5; Oregon -23.5
Brad's Breakdown: Arizona defeated Oregon last year 42-16 in a late November shocker, ending the Ducks' hopes of playing in a BCS game. Arizona had lost four times already that season - to Pac-12 teams alone. But if you listen to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, there is no revenge factor, as he is taking this game as any other. Still, you have to believe Oregon wants to get some level of payback after getting embarrassed a season ago. Either way, it won't be easy going against the Wildcats, who are off to a 4-0 start and have an offense that could rival the Ducks in firepower. In its last two games, however, Arizona beat Nevada by seven and California by four, winning close games against so-so competition. Oregon, which is coming off a bye week, beat Arizona 49-0 the last time these two teams played in Eugene, in 2012. This game won't be as bad, but the Ducks will win big.
Brad's Score: Oregon 56, Arizona 28
Craig's Score: Oregon 58, Arizona 21
Glenn's Score: Oregon 65, Arizona 38
Matt's Score: Oregon 49, Arizona 28
Brad Last Week: 4-6 (spread), 8-2 (straight-up), 0-1 (upset picks)
Brad Season: 32-27 (spread), 46-13 (straight-up), 2-2 (upsets)
Craig Last Week: 5-5 (spread), 9-1 (straight-up), 0-0 (upset picks)
Craig Season: 31-28 (spread), 45-14 (straight-up), 3-4 (upsets)
Glenn Last Week: 3-7 (spread), 9-1 (straight-up), 0-0 (upset picks)
Glenn Season: 35-24 (spread), 48-11 (straight-up), 3-1 (upsets)
Matt Last Week: 6-4 (spread), 9-1 (straight-up), 0-0 (upset picks)
Matt Season: 33-26 (spread), 46-13 (straight-up), 3-3 (upsets)