Pick with Odds
Washington looks like a pretty (really) good team this year. In their first loss of the season, the Huskies only fell by three points on the road at Stanford. Washington plays even better at home (and this Game is being played at CenturyLink Field). None of this seems to affect anything as Oregon still comes into this Game as -14 point road favorites at 5 dimes sportsbook.
The Ducks have looked dominant this year, scoring at least 55 points in every contest and usually putting things out of reach before the second half begins. One thing people may be failing to see is that none of the teams they have beaten have a winning record at the moment. We’ve seen in years past that while Oregon can destroy most teams, they are given trouble when a viable team is on the Schedule. We saw it last year when Stanford beat the Ducks 17-14 in overtime. One of the highest scoring teams in the nation was shut down to 14 points at home.
As you might expect, 83% of the wagers taken at 5dimes.com have come in on the Ducks. If you don’t have an account at 5dimes.com, get one so you can view the betting trends on all major sports each week and see for yourself which way the public is going.
The Huskies have a complete offense and should be able to put a decent number of points up. In his senior season, quarterback Keith Price is playing the best football of his career. His recent 350-yard, two TD and 69 completion percentage against the Cardinal confirms that. In recent years, not many QBs have been able to go into Stanford and do that. With Four viable receivers including TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, there’s no reason Price will stop putting up numbers. He’s joined by one of the best running backs around in Bishop Sankey, who already has 732 yards and seven TDs this year. After going for 125 and two TDs against Stanford, there won’t be many teams stopping him this year.
It’s hard to put a price on this Oregon defense, as most teams are forced to pass before the second quarter begins. That said, the Ducks have not allowed more than 16 points in five Games, so give them credit.
Everyone knows about the Oregon offense and its scoring prowess. QB Marcus Mariota carves up defenses through air and ground and already has 21 total touchdowns. He’s completing less of his passes this year, but some of that is due to throwing the ball farther down field and his 11-for-25 outing against California in monsoon-like conditions. Top running back De’Anthony Thomas is still nursing his ankle after turning it awkwardly on a kick return two weeks ago. Byron Marshall has stepped in nicely the past two Games and gone for 252 yards and two TDs. Josh Huff and Bralon Addison lead the receiving crew with a combined 790 yards and eight TDs.
Obviously, this is going to be another tough task for this Washington team. In last year’s matchup, the Ducks mostly dominated in a 52-21 win. But this Game is being played in Washington and the Huskies are much improved from 2012.
The Ducks are an incredible 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road Games, which says it all. The Huskies are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 home Games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven Conference Games. In this meeting, Oregon is 8-0-1 ATS in the last nine matchups.