(3-5, 2-6 ATS)
(8-0, 6-2 ATS)
At the outset of the season, this duel between the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks in Eugene looked like it could be one that decides who’s going to the Rose Bowl. However, Washington has vastly underachieved this year, while the Ducks have their eyes set on a bigger prize.
U-Dub has really been dealt a rough deck in this one. As if things weren’t bad enough, QB Jake Locker is out of the lineup for this college football betting affair, and he will be replaced by freshman QB Keith Price, who has thrown all of nine passes in his career. Locker accounted for 17 of the offense’s 22 touchdowns this season, and it is going to be up to RB Chris Polk and perhaps a host of other running backs to get the job done to try to slow down the seemingly unstoppable force known as the Oregon offense. The defense for the Huskies is really up against it here as well. HC Steve Sarkisian’s unit allowed 41 points last week to the Stanford Cardinal and 44 the week before at the Arizona Wildcats. In fact, there has only been one team, the Arizona State Sun Devils, that hasn’t scored at least 31 against this ‘D’ since September 11th. With an average of 429.8 yards per game allowed, good enough for just No. 100 in the land, it’s a wonder how many yards the U of O is going to put up on Saturday.
Oregon just had to avoid complacency and go for the kill early to take care of these Huskies, and it knows it. There’s no reason to think that the Quack Attack won’t be able to put 42+ points on the board for the ninth straight time this season, especially if RB LaMichael James really wants to continue his Heisman Trophy campaign. James is up against it, knowing that he will probably have played in two fewer games than Auburn’s QB Cam Newton when the season is said and done, so he has to take these opportunities to continue putting up the gaudiest numbers possible. James has rushed for 1,230 yards this year in just eight games and has 14 TDs to show for it. His QB Darron Thomas has also accounted for 2,120 yards of offense with 23 total scores against six picks. James is coming off of his second game of the season with at least 230 yards, and going against a defense that is allowing well over 200 rushing yards per game, there is no doubt that he is aiming at the big 200 yard mark again this week. Now sure, the Oregon defense is nothing to really write home about, but when you average 575.4 yards and 54.9 points per game, you can afford to give up a few TDs every now and again.
Quack! Quack! The Ducks just won’t be stopped. U-Dub will get romped for a second straight week, and it will only be the beginning of a very rough end of the season for the Huskies.
NCAA Football Free Pick: Oregon Ducks -34.5
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