Oregon vs Arizona

Oregon vs Arizona : The Arizona Wildcats are set to host the Oregon Ducks on Saturday (7:30 p.m. MST, ESPN) likely needing a win to salvage any hope of making a bowl game.

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However, Arizona (3-5, 2-3), whose quarterback situation is unknown, enters as a two-score underdog against the 19th-ranked Ducks (5-2, 2-2).

Here is what we think will happen Saturday. Be sure to leave your predictions in the comment section below.

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The Ducks have won 13 of their last 17 matchups with the Wildcats, dating back to 2017. That said, they tend to struggle in Tucson (see, the 2007 ESPN weeknight upset of Dennis Dixon or the 2013 debacle). This year’s team is different, thanks to the behemoth in the backfield known as Justin “Future No. 1 NFL Draft Pick” Herbert. Herbert is second in the conference in passing yards per game, behind Wazzu’s Gardner Minshew, and looks relatively unstoppable, especially given Arizona’s ninth-ranked pass defense (in the Pac-12, that is).

I’m not sure Khalil Tate or Rhett Rodriguez can keep Arizona afloat in this one, and know for damn sure that the team’s defense can’t hold up against what’s sure to be a scoring barrage led by Herbert and his offensive cohorts. Expect this one to get ugly quick, with the Quack Attack smacking Arizona around all night long.

The Oregon team that fell behind 27-0 at Washington State last week is not the one that will be coming to Tucson, it’ll be the Ducks squad that pulled within a touchdown in the second half before losing 34-20. But that still doesn’t mean Oregon isn’t vulnerable, particularly if Arizona is able to exploit the size advantage it will have with whoever matches up against 6-foot-5 WR Shawn Poindexter.

If only one matchup advantage was enough for the Wildcats to be able to win. It’s not, especially since Oregon has the edge at so many other places, from QB to both offensive and defensive line.

Arizona probably doesn’t have enough to take this one, but remember: good teams win, great teams cover. And the Wildcats are a 9.5-point home underdog.

It’s not going to be pretty. This is the game where fans—if they haven’t already—get ready for March disappointment. Football season is over in Tucson.

I just hope Arizona shows fight as the season nears its end. I would write I want to see how Khalil Tate looks to see if he can show signs heading into 2019 that he can be that player Tucson fell in love with last October, but I don’t know it’s worth playing him at this point.

From writing that Arizona would win 10 games (lolz) and going to a bowl game, to now wanting to see younger players get time to see if the future has some color to it rather than gray this season has morphed into.

Arizona’s inconsistency and firepower will hound them against the Ducks this week. They just don’t have the skill players to keep it competitive for long.

I’m al for the idea of Rhett Rodriguez keeping his dads tradition of pulling off a top 25 upset late in the season, but I just don’t think Arizona will be able to hang with Oregon on either side.

I think this game goes much like the Utah game and Arizona just gets dragged all night long.

This team can be competitive, but they have not put together four quarters and I don’t thunk that it happens on Homecoming.

I’ll be there to catch all the action. Section 16, come say hi.

This is going to be a tough game for Arizona. No other way to look at it. The offense has been anemic at times this season and it has been inconsistent.

Last week against UCLA, the offense found some life and consistency under the leadership of Rhett Rodriguez. I’m with Gabe, I’m all for RhettRod starting this game and leading the team. Khalil Tate has been underwhelming this season passing wise. Throw in his inability or lack of desire to run and he just isn’t the best option right now.

I am interested to see how Oregon bounces back from a tough loss. Arizona should be hyped for the game, and coupled with the Ducks’ hangover from Pullman, it’ll keep the game close.

I just think that UO will complete a couple more plays than UA.

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Justin Herbert going up against an inconsistent pass rush and a secondary that is lacking depth at cornerback? Yikes.

The Wildcats are going to need a deflected ball or a fumble or two (maybe more) bounce their way to have any shot in this game. The defense will have trouble getting stops and we don’t really know what to make of the offense, since it’s not clear who the starting QB is going to be.

Either way, Arizona is outmatched here, so some crazy things are going to have to happen to escape with the upset. But, hey, Oregon-Arizona games in Tucson are usually wild, so you never know.

Texas Tech vs Iowa State

Texas Tech vs Iowa State: Iowa St. has had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. They will be playing at home against Texas Tech at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Coming off of a win even when the odds were against them, Iowa St. have to be feeling especially confident now that the spread is in their favor.

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Iowa St. ran circles around West Virginia two weeks ago, and the extra yardage (508 yards vs. 152 yards) paid off. Iowa St. captured a comfortable 30-14 victory over West Virginia. Iowa St.’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of Brock Purdy, who passed for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns, and David Montgomery, who rushed for 189 yards and 1 touchdown.

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Meanwhile, when you finish with 238 more yards than your opponent, a favorable outcome is almost sure to follow. Texas Tech put the hurt on Kansas with a sharp 48-16 win. The game was pretty much decided by the half when the score had already reached 24-3.

Their wins bumped Iowa St. to 4-3 and Texas Tech to 5-2. The Iowa St. defense got after the quarterback against West Virginia to the tune of seven sacks, so Texas Tech’s offensive line better have put in some good practice this past week in preparation for the contest.

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  • When: Saturday at 12:00 PM ET
  • Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa
  • TV: ESPN2
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Prediction

The Cyclones are a solid 3.5 point favorite against the Red Raiders.

This season, Iowa St. is 4-2-0 against the spread. As for Texas Tech, they are 4-2-0 against the spread

Series History

Iowa St. has won 2 out of their last 3 games against Texas Tech.

  • 2017 – Texas Tech Red Raiders 13 vs. Iowa State Cyclones 31
  • 2016 – Iowa State Cyclones 66 vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders 10
  • 2015 – Texas Tech Red Raiders 66 vs. Iowa State Cyclones 31

Arizona State vs USC

Arizona State vs USC: With No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Michigan among the top contenders off this weekend, the Week 9 college football schedule is an opportunity for other teams to make moves as conference standings and the College Football Playoff race take shape.

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And there are college football lines of all types this weekend, ranging from games Vegas expects to come down to a field goal to spreads greater than three touchdowns. That means there’s plenty of value to be found, and Barrett Sallee knows exactly where to look. His Week 9 college football picks and predictions are in and his best bets have led to huge returns for followers.

Sallee is a true insider — a CBS Sports HQ personality, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread.

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Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way, going 40-30 in his weekly best bets column since that point. He went 2-1 last week, nailing the under (44.5) in LSU’s 19-3 victory over Mississippi State and Oklahoma’s (-8) 52-27 blowout of TCU. Anybody who has been following him is way up.

Now, he has turned his attention to Week 9 and is sharing his three most confident college football picks over at SportsLine.

One of the top Week 9 college football picks Sallee loves: Arizona State (+6.5) covers at USC.

The Trojans are favored by almost a touchdown despite the fact that they’re expected to turn to third-string quarterback Jack Sears with starter J.T. Daniels (concussion) and backup Matt Fink (ribs) both dealing with injuries.

And although Arizona State’s 3-4 record isn’t impressive, the Sun Devils haven’t lost by more than one score all year. A close matchup should be in the works again this Saturday.

“Arizona State still has Manny Wilkins and star wide receiver N’Keal Harry,” Sallee told SportsLine. “The Sun Devils showed last week in the loss to Stanford that they still play stout defense — especially against teams that are limited. Wilkins and Harry will make a couple of plays late to keep it close, and perhaps pull off the upset.”

Sallee has also found two other games with huge flaws in their lines, and is backing an underdog he thinks should be favored this weekend.

What are the three best bets for Week 9 of college football? And which underdog is Vegas wildly undervaluing? Visit SportsLine now to see Barrett Sallee’s best bets, all from one of the top college football analysts in the nation who has crushed his best bets for SportsLine.

South Florida vs Houston

South Florida vs Houston: South Florida is looking to set the record for best start in school history (8-0), while also staying at the top of the American’s East Division title and a possible spot as the Group of Five representative in the New Year’s Six bowls. Houston is looking to remain atop the American’s West Division.

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South Florida’s rushing attack against Houston’s run defense. RBs Jordan Cronkite and Johnny Ford lead a running game that has rushed for over 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. Houston’s rushing defense has allowed 148.6 yards a game, good for third in the American but Navy rushed for 344 yards and four touchdowns against the Cougars last week.

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No. 21 South Florida (7-0, 3-0 American) at Houston (6-1, 3-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2).

Line: Houston by 7½.

Series record: Houston leads 3-2.

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South Florida: QB Blake Barnett has thrown for 1,815 yards and 10 touchdowns and has rushed for another 222 yards and seven touchdowns this season. His favorite targets are WR Tyre McCants, who has 40 receptions for 440 yards and two touchdowns and TE Mitchel Wilcox, who has 354 yards and one touchdown on 26 catches.

Houston: QB D’Eriq King leads the nation with 194 points responsible for this season. King ranks fifth nationally with 23 touchdown passes and eighth nationally with nine touchdown runs. King leads the American with 1,984 yards passing. He is eighth nationally with an average of 323.6 yards of total offense per game. King has been well-protected this season, with Houston’s offensive line allowing only four sacks through seven games this season.

South Florida is one of five undefeated teams left in the country and has won eight straight dating back to last season. South Florida started 7-0 last season. … Cronkite has five straight 100-yard games, which ties the record set by Marlon Mack in 2015 and matched by Quinton Flowers in 2016. … Houston, which has won three straight games in the series, has started the season scoring at least 40 points in each of the first seven games. … The Cougars are the only school to rank in the top 20 nationally in both passing offense and rushing offense.

Iowa vs Penn State

Iowa vs Penn State: One of the most anticipated games on the Week 9 college football schedule is the top-20 battle between No. 17 Penn State and No. 18 Iowa in State College, Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions are 6.5-point home favorites in the latest Penn State vs. Iowa odds, with the over-under for total points set at 52.5.

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After Penn State lost two consecutive games and then followed that up by barely defeating Indiana, figuring out which Penn State you’ll get against Iowa could be a challenge. That’s why, before making any Penn State vs. Iowa picks, you’ll want to hear what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say.der of AccuScore, Oh simulates each game 10,000 times using the SportsLine projection model.

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Oh is crushing college football in 2018, and he heads into this week with a 3-1 run on his point-spread picks. More important, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of Penn State, as he boasts a 9-2 mark on against the spread picks involving the Nittany Lions. Now he has run the numbers for this Big Ten clash and locked in another strong play.

Oh knows that Penn State is at its best when the pass defense is giving its opponents problems. Unfortunately for Penn State fans, the defense has faltered in that department the past three weeks.

In those two aforementioned losses and the scare against Indiana, the Nittany Lions gave up just under 300 yards per game through the air and six passing touchdowns. Meanwhile, Iowa can be surprisingly explosive with their passing attack, throwing for 634 yards and 10 touchdowns in their two road wins in the Big Ten over Minnesotaand Indiana this year.

However, don’t assume Penn State’s recent struggles means they can’t cover on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes are 6-1, but they haven’t defeated a ranked team this year and failed to cover against Wisconsin at home in the only game they’ve played against one this season. In that game, the Iowa defense gave up 210 yards on the ground to the Badgers, and that’s exactly how Penn State will hope to attack on Saturday.

James Franklin’s bunch is averaging over 240 yards rushing. The 1-2 punch of running back Miles Sanders and quarterback Trace McSorley could make things extremely hard on the Iowa defense.

We can tell you Oh is leaning toward the under, but his much stronger play is on the side. He has crunched the numbers and discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-play Saturday.

Oklahoma vs Kansas State

Oklahoma vs Kansas State: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online. The storyline for Oklahoma entering its Week 9 game against Kansas State is the same as it’s been all season: keep winning and the rest — a Big 12 Championship Game appearance, a possible playoff berth, and Kyler Murray’s Heisman Trophy effort — will by and large take care of themselves.

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It’s different for Kansas State. The Wildcats were downright awful through their first six games. But a Week 7 win over Oklahoma State was more like the Kansas State we’ve come to know and love. Is coach Bill Snyder orchestrating yet another turnaround? Win or lose on Saturday, we’ll have a better idea if the Oklahoma State win was anomaly or an indication that things are trending in the right direction at the right time.

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Oklahoma: Murray as a Heisman candidate is the big story, but running back Kennedy Brooks is about to explode. With Rodney Anderson out for the year, Brooks has made the most of his carries over the last three games. Following a breakout 168-yard performance against TCU, Brooks should be option 1A for the Sooners moving forward. He and Trey Sermon as a closer is still a lethal one-two punch, and K-State (5.22 yards per rush allowed) stinks against the run.

Kansas State: Can the Snydercats build on their 31-12 win over Oklahoma State? Because that was a signature K-State win. Running back Alex Barnes has been a production machine with 700 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in the past two games. Oklahoma? Not great against that punishing style of offense. If this one is going to be closer than Vegas thinks, it’s because K-State can ground and pound.

Oklahoma’s offensive line is playing its best football and the run game is a mismatch. Explosiveness is not an issue. This will be the best offense K-State has played all season. Still, asking the Sooners to lay more than 24 points when their Big 12 win differential is 16.25 is a lot. And Kansas State’s ground game can pose a matchup problem, too. Pick: Kansas State +24.5

Florida vs Georgia

Florida vs Georgia: Border battles often make for some of the most intense rivalries in all of college football and Week 9 brings one of the absolute best. Georgia and Florida will meet up for their annual neutral-site bout in Jacksonville, Florida, on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET. Bettors from all over the country will be tuned into this showdown between top-10 teams, the main event after what has been dubbed the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

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In the latest Georgia vs. Florida odds, the Bulldogs are 6.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 52. And with plenty of betting action pouring in on this marquee matchup, you’ll want to keep an eye on those lines. Before you make any Georgia vs. Florida picks and predictions, you need to check to see what the advanced computer model at SportsLine has to say.

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The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made several huge calls against the spread in Week 8, including nailing LSU (-6) over Mississippi State, Washington State (-3) over Oregon and Alabama (-29.5) over Tennessee. And when it comes to top-rated picks against the spread, it finished Week 8 on a strong 5-1 run. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now the model has simulated every single play of Georgia vs. Florida. We can tell you the under hits in more than 60 percent of simulations, but it has also locked in a strong against-the-spread pick that you can bank on almost 60 percent of the time. You can only see it at SportsLine.

The model has taken into account that Georgia will feel like it has something to prove after getting blown out by LSU two weeks ago. The Bulldogs will be well-rested after their bye week, but so will Florida, which is coming off a bye of its own.

That bodes well for Georgia considering how consistent the Bulldogs had been in every phase of the game before the LSU debacle. On offense, the Bulldogs rushed for at least 185 yards in every game before LSU and quarterback Jake Fromm had a passer rating of at least 180 in five of his first six games.

But just because Georgia features an explosive offense doesn’t mean it will cover the 6.5-point spread Saturday.

LSU dominated against Georgia by controlling the line of scrimmage (275 yards rushing vs. 113 yards rushing allowed), an area Florida feels like it can win. Since the Gators’ loss to Kentucky, Florida has allowed just 3.3 yards per carry while averaging 5.2 on offense.

Clemson vs Florida State

Clemson vs Florida State: As they head toward perhaps another ACC title game, the Clemson Tigers face a challenge Saturday at noon ET when they visit longtime conference rival Florida State. Clemson can all but wrap up the Coastal Division with a victory, while Florida State coach Willie Taggart could earn a signature win in his first year leading the Seminoles. The latest Clemson vs. Florida State odds have the Tigers as 17-point favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 51 points. Both are unchanged from where they opened. Before you make any Clemson vs. Florida State picks, check out what SportsLine expert Emory Hunt has to say.

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Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007. The former running back joined SportsLine in 2016 and has put his stamp on college football. His expertise has earned him the nickname “The Czar of the Playbook,” and Hunt already has spent endless hours breaking down the rosters of FBS clubs. He has been particularly strong with his handicapping of ACC programs, which includes an incredible 9-1 spread record on games involving Florida State.

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Three weeks ago, Hunt predicted the Seminoles would battle Miami to the wire and recommended backing FSU as a two-touchdown underdog. The Seminoles delivered as Miami had to rally from 20 points down to manage a 28-27 victory. Anyone who followed Hunt’s advice booked an easy winner.

Now, Hunt has scrutinized Clemson vs. Florida State from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s sharing only at SportsLine.

Hunt knows Florida State (4-3) has made progress following a disastrous early stretch in which it was blown out by Virginia Tech and Syracuse. The Seminoles likely played their most complete game of the season in last week’s 38-17 win over Wake Forest. They racked up 485 yards of total offense and held the Demon Deacons scoreless for nearly a three-quarter stretch in which they turned a close game early into a blowout.

Still, an improving team doesn’t necessarily mean the Seminoles will cover against Clemson on Saturday.

The Tigers were tested early in the season against Texas A&M as they struggled to find consistency on offense. Since then, quarterback Trevor Lawerence has been named the permanent starter and has been on a tear the past two weeks, beating NC State and Wake Forest by a combined score of 104-10.

Lawrence has completed 68.3 percent of his attempts for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns against two interceptions. Workhorse running back Travis Etienne has gained 800 yards and found the end zone 14 times for the Tigers.

Hunt has analyzed this matchup from every possible angle and while we can tell you he’s leaning under, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing his pick over at SportsLine.

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Wisconsin vs Northwestern

Wisconsin vs Northwestern: According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Wisconsin is favored on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -5 points against Northwestern. The over/under total is currently listed at 53 points. The public betting for this game currently has 57 percent going on Wisconsin on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

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While not winning by large margins, Northwestern has won three straight games following a win at Rutgers last weekend. The Wildcats are now 4-3 on the season, 4-1 in the Big Ten, 3-3-1 against the spread and 4-3 with the over.

Northwestern is allowing 24.6 points and 373 yards per game on defense this season. Offensively, the Cats aren’t a dominant group, putting up 24.3 points and 374.4 yards per game. Their rushing offense is a mess, posting just 78.1 yards per game. With Jeremy Larkin out, the Cats have no real rushing presence. Clayton Thorson is doing what he can, throwing for 1,905 yards and nine touchdowns, but he also has seven interceptions. Flynn Nagel is having a strong run, catching 56 passes for 693 yards and two scores.

Wisconsin still in the Big Ten Race

The Wisconsin football team bounced back from its loss at Michigan two weeks ago when the Badgers defeated Illinois, 49-20 at home. Wisconsin is now 5-2 on the season, 3-1 in the Big Ten, 2-5 against the spread and 5-2 with the over. Wisconsin has hit the over in four straight games.

The Badgers are still very tough on defense this season, allowing just 20.0 points and 356.1 yards per game. Their pass defense is holding opponents to 187.4 yards per contest. On offense, Wisconsin is putting up 33.0 points and 461.3 yards per contest. The Badgers are rushing for 282 yards per game thus far. Jonathan Taylor is leading the way with 1,109 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Alex Hornibrook has thrown for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Northwestern has hit the under in 39 of its last 52 home games and in five of its last seven at home against a team with a winning road record.

Wisconsin has hit the over in four straight conference games and in four of its last five road games.

The total has a little cushion here, which makes me feel stronger about the under. Though trends may be siding with the over, I see Northwestern struggling to move the ball against Wisconsin. The Cats had just 18 points against Rutgers last week and put up just 17 against Michigan. Wisconsin has a defense comparable to Michigan in some aspects and should limit Thorson and the Cats. I don’t expect the Badgers to run wild either, as Northwestern is respectable on defense, especially at home.

Australia vs New Zealand

Australia vs New Zealand : LESS than a year from the Rugby World Cup and at one of its prime venues, the New Zealand Australia All Blacks and the Wallabies will meet in a Bledisloe Cup Test which holds more importance than its so called “dead rubber” status implies.

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New Zealand locked away the trophy for the 16th straight year when it won the first two Tests against Australia, making Saturday’s Test in Yokohama (5pm kickoff AEDT) irrelevant to the series.

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But other imperatives have come into play, not least the function of the match in measuring the teams’ respective states of readiness 11 months from the start of the World Cup in Japan.

The All Blacks are clearly in a strong position as reigning champions and as the world’s top ranked team, having won all but one of their nine Tests this season.

The All Blacks haven’t been in vintage form but have had to contend with serious injuries which have allowed them to exhibit and increase the depth that underpins their top ranking.

Conversely, the Wallabies are approaching the World Cup in a weakened state, having won only two of nine Tests this season and having dropped to No 7, their lowest ever world ranking.

Their lack of depth at times has been cruelly exposed and they have had to cope with a chorus of criticism over the performance of abrasive coach Michael Cheika.

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All Blacks: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga, Anton Lienert-Brown

Wallabies: Dane Haylett-Petty, Sefa Naivalu, Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Ned Hanigan, Rob Simmons, Izack Rodda, Allan Ala’alatoa, Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Tom Banks