(AP) -- Oregon breezed through its non-conference schedule with relative ease before opening Pac-12 play with more resistance. The Ducks would prefer some breathing room versus Arizona after being upset by the Wildcats last season.
Second-ranked Oregon returns from a bye week looking to better protect Marcus Mariota and shore up its defense Thursday night against the Wildcats.
This matchup in Eugene includes two of the only three remaining unbeaten teams in the Pac-12 - UCLA is the other. The Ducks were 9-1 going into last year's meeting in Arizona, which entered with a 3-4 conference record, but the Wildcats pulled off a stunning 42-16 victory Nov. 23 to ruin Oregon's chances at a fifth straight BCS bowl appearance.