NCAA Football – Week 6
The Pac-12 will be showcased in the final NCAA football betting battle of the night on Saturday, when the Oregon Ducks play host to the Washington Huskies.
U-Dub is in the Top 25 in one of the two polls at this point, and it knows that a win, and it will be in the Top 20, and maybe even the Top 15 in both. Of course, this is a huge uphill battle playing at Autzen Stadium, especially knowing that a game hasn’t been won here in nine years. In fact, Washington is 0-7-1 ATS and 0-8 SU over the course of the last eight in this series. QB Keith Price really has to get his act together if he wants to lead this team to one of the illustrious bowl games that the Pac-12 has an affiliation with this year. He has thrown for just 737 yards and five touchdowns this far on the campaign, and for four games, that isn’t going to cut it by any stretch of the imagination. We give a ton of credit to the defense though, which has held three of its first four foes down to 13 points or fewer. The one exception, though? A 41-3 loss on the road against the LSU Tigers in a game that is starting to look eerily similar to the one that the Huskies are embarking upon this week.
Oregon is continuing to rack up points left and right, and it is one of the rare teams in America that has put at least 42 up on all of its opponents this year. This is the toughest task in terms of an opposing defense that the Ducks have faced thus far though, and that could prove to be at least a bit of a challenge. QB Marcus Mariota has picked up a great command of this offense in just five games, and he has some great weapons like RB Kenjon Barner and WR De’Anthony Thomas that are gathering up just oodles of yards and points. The defense for the U of O might be what separates it from the rest of the field this year in the Pac-12, though. Sure, the unit struggled on the road against the Washington State Cougars, but in terms of a per snap average, the Ducks were great in that game, and that came on the heels of a shutout of another high flying team, the Arizona Wildcats.
We’ve seen this script before. We saw U-Dub go on the road to LSU and get killed, and we saw Oregon host a team coming off of its biggest win of the year and then have to come to Autzen. Remember Arizona? It had just beaten Oklahoma State, and then it came on the road and got whomped by seven TDs. This one won’t quite be that bad, but it’ll be bad enough to cover this number. Oregon 48 – Washington 20