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October 18, 2012

College Football Report - Thursday Picks - Week 8

 #3 Oregon (6-0) @ Arizona St (5-1)
9:00 ET, ESPN, Thur. Oct. 18, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Oregon needs to be careful walking into Sun Devil Stadium on Thursday night. This game is the start of a very challenging second half schedule for the Ducks, so they'll need to head into the game with some respect for ASU. The Sun Devils rank No. 9 in the country in scoring defense, giving up just over 14 points a game. They know how to get after the quarterback as well, ranking No. 2 in sacks with 26 on the season. Defensive tackle Will Sutton has brought in 8.5 sacks alone. Kelly and the Ducks are smart though, they won’t ask their young quarterback, Marcus Mariota, to do too more than he’s capable of. They average over 302 yards a game on the ground and they’ll use workhorses Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas to keep ASU’s safeties honest and the pass rushers on their heels. Freshman Byron Marshall is even getting into the mix now. Arizona State hangs in there for a bit, but it’s still the Ducks night in the desert. Pick: Oregon 39 – Arizona State 24

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