NCAA Football – Week 5
The newly anointed No. 2 team in the country will engage in NCAA football betting action in the final kickoff of the night on Saturday, when the Oregon Ducks battle the Washington State Cougars.
The Ducks are flying all over the field, but it was their defense that made headlines last week when they shut out the Arizona Wildcats 49-0. It was one of the most impressive displays that any team has come up with this year, though both the Cats and the Ducks know that there should have been a heck of a lot more on the board in terms of points. Arizona got into the red zone four times in the first half and came away with squat for points, while Oregon had a tick under 500 yards of offense but turned the ball over three times. It wasn’t the best game in the world for RB Kenjon Barner or WR/RB De’Anthony Thomas, both of which were surprisingly held out of the end zone. That’s going to cripple both of their Heisman Trophy chances this year, though they’ll both tell you that winning the game by that margin and taking another step towards the BCS National Championship is far, far more important.
Meanwhile, Washington State is coming off of a brutally disappointing game, a 35-34 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes in a game that was there for the taking the whole way. QB Connor Halliday has taken over as the Cougs’ starting quarterback, and it might not make a difference whether QB Jeff Tuel is healthy with his ailing knee or not. It might be the job of Halliday to lose from here on out. Wazzu ranks No. 18 in the land in passing at 313.8 yards per game, but it is second to last in rushing at just 59.0 yards per game, and that’s why the offense is struggling to put points on the board and close games out. The Buffs should have absolutely been beaten, and they probably would have gone down had Washington State just done nothing but taken knees in the fourth quarter the whole way through. The defense is in shambles too, allowing 344.5 yards per game through the air, the third worst mark in the nation.
In spite of the fact that the Oregon defense was beastly last week, that doesn’t mean that it can do that again on Saturday night. There are going to be a lot of points on the board in this one, though that certainly doesn’t mean that Washington State is going to even remotely compete. Take the ‘over’, which should get there with ease. Oregon 57 – Washington State 28