Stanford Cardinal vs. Oregon Ducks Picks: 2010 NCAA Football Betting

Stanford Cardinal
(4-0, 3-1 ATS)

Oregon Ducks
(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

Teammates, community, family mourn loss of 12-year-old boy killed in early morning fire ; Coroner expected to release findings from DeMarcus Thomas’ autopsy today.

Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH) December 13, 2007 | Richard Wilson and Lisa Ebbing Staff Writers HAMILTON — Hundreds gathered along Hueston Street on Wednesday night carrying balloons, candles and memories of a 12-year-old boy who died in a fire earlier in the day. go to web site chaco credit union

The vigil for DeMarcus Thomas was attended by a close circle of his football teammates in front of the burned out apartment building at 120 Hueston. Many cried as prayers were said and blue and white balloons were released into the night sky.

“It’s sad that it takes a moment like this to remind us how important family is,” Chad Riddick, coach of the team called Little Blue, told the gathering. Riddick, who coached DeMarcus since he was in second grade, said he’ll remember the boy as a polite, easy- going and an exceptional athlete.

DeMarcus’ sister, Deona Thomas, survived the blaze. She climbed out of her bedroom window and jumped into the arms of a neighbor while black smoke and flames could be seen pouring out of the home just after 6 a.m. Their mother — Shunquela Thomas — and two younger siblings were not at home.

Fire investigators spent most of Wednesday sifting through ruins in the apartment. They had not determined the cause of the blaze by Wednesday night.

Steve Dawson, deputy chief of the Hamilton Fire Department, said they believe it started in the downstairs living room. Char and soot patterns will help determine how fast the fire spread, which will help to rule out possible causes, he said.

“Anytime you have a fire fatality it’s suspicious,” Dawson said. “We’re paying attention to the small details, but we may never know the cause of the blaze.” Butler County Coroner Dr. Richard Burkhardt is expected to announce this morning his findings from DeMarcus’ autopsy.

Friends of the Thomases said the family lost all their possessions, including Christmas gifts. A memorial fund account is expected to be opened today at the Chaco Credit Union. go to site chaco credit union

Neighbors are calling DeMarcus a hero.

“He saved his sister… he got her out,” said one, Carrie Parker. “He was a hero… I truly believe that with all my heart.” As teachers, friends and neighbors talked about the young man, who’s favorite color was Hamilton High School blue, tears alternated with smiles as they recounted stories about his “wonderful” sense of humor, his love for his family and football and his dream of playing on the HHS football team.

Many of the students in his class at Adams Elementary have been with DeMarcus since they were in first grade, said his teacher, Debbie Howard.

The school district’s Crisis Response Team — including 15 school psychologists and counselors — was at the school to support students and staff members, as well as parents who needed to talk about how to support their children in this grieving process, district administrator Bill Valerius said.

Team members visited classrooms and talked to students.

Richard Wilson and Lisa Ebbing Staff Writers

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