(4-0, 3-1 ATS)
(4-0, 3-1 ATS)
Two of the highest flying teams in the Pac-10 will be duking it out in a Top 10 college football betting battle on Saturday night in Eugene, as the Oregon Ducks play host to the Stanford Cardinal.
Last week, we said that QB Andrew Luck was going to have to come up with a big game for the Cardinal to ground the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Though that mission wasn’t necessarily accomplished, Stanford did the job nonetheless and carried the team to victory. Luck has 11 TDs on the season through the air and is just one shy of 25 for his career. He is leading an offense that is averaging 457.5 yards per game this year, the 24th such mark in the country. Averaging 48.0 points per game is fourth in the land. Stanford is one of a handful of teams that can say that it has scored at least 35 points in all four of its games this year. Needless to say, without that streak running to five straight, the Cardinal are in a heck of a lot of trouble. This defense will be tested, but shutting out a UCLA Bruins bunch that suddenly looks a lot more formidable and holding the Golden Domers to just 14 both are strong signs for Stanford in this game.
Another one of those teams that has put at least 35 on the board in all four of its games, Oregon hasn’t really been stopped or even contained by anyone this year. The ‘O’ is only one of two in the country to say that it has scored at least 42 in all four of its games. Absolutely everything is working. The offense is averaging 238.2 yards per game through the air and 321.8 per game on the ground. The bottom line: 57.8 points per game, the top mark in the NCAAs. We already know that RB LaMichael James is a beast, as we learned that last year when he replaced RB LeGarrette Blount and tore up the Pac-10. He has only played in three games this season and has 450 rushing yards to show for it. QB Darron Thomas, who if you remember properly, was supposed to be the third quarterback for HC Chip Kelly coming into this season, has thrown for 822 yards and ten scores on the season. What you probably don’t realize is just how strong this defense is. The Quack Attack is allowing just 294.2 yards per game on the season and already has two shutouts this year, the most of any team in the FBS.
It’s a tough call here on Friday night. We tend to believe that a bit of revenge is going to be in the air, as the Ducks remember that crushing defeat that they suffered last year that almost kept them out of the Rose Bowl. The U of O will score 45 at least in this one. The question is whether that’s enough. We tend to believe so.
Selection: Oregon Ducks -6.5
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