McLaughlin: How Ducks can flip script and beat Utah in 2022

Spencer and JT Wistrcill analyze and predict the outcome of Oregon's 2022 game(s) with Utah

Posted on August 19, 2022


  By Spencer McLaughlin of Locked on Pac-12 for SuperWest Sports

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Oregon Football controlled its own destiny to the College Football Playoff in 2021, with the only teams standing in their being Utah and Oregon State.

Though they took care of the Beavs, two blowout losses in three weeks to the Utes left a sour taste in the mouths of Duck fans as a season that once had much promise came to a screeching halt.

Oregon fans are hoping that a new quarterback (most likely, Bo Nix) and a new head coach (Dan Lanning) will allow the Ducks to be more competitive against Utah than last year when they were outscored 76-17 in two games—including the Pac-12 Championship Game in Las Vegas.

On today’s episode of Locked On Ducks, I’m joined by ‘Locked On Utes’ host JT Wistrcill to talk about what should once again be a big-time matchup in the Pac-12 on the gridiron in 2022.

He feels that even with a first-year head coach and a new quarterback, the Ducks will have enough players who remember the two beatdowns from 2021 to rile up the troops and rally to a win.

JT lays out who the offensive standouts figure to be for Utah this year, especially in light of the loss of wide receiver Britain Covey who was a very reliable target for QB Cam Rising last year.

As a Utah fan, JT has a lot of confidence in the schematical changes Oregon HC Dan Lanning will be able to make in this year’s matchup, and that along with Oregon’s veteran offensive line could be huge boons to the Ducks as they try to avenge their blowout losses from last year.

In what figures to be a matchup of Top 15 caliber teams when they meet in late November, it has the potential to live up to the billing as the premier game in the Pac-12 in 2022 and have national ramifications as well.

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