Washington At Oregon College Football Winning Favorites

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 5, 2016 in

Washington enters this showdown with Oregon standing at 5-0 (2-0 Pac-12). When #7 Stanford came to town last weekend, Washington ran them off the field, 44-6. Washington had built expectations of an ironclad defense, and they proved that claim in front of national television, keeping the Cardinal off the board except for one touchdown, even denying the two-point conversion. Oregon had gotten off to a strong start but has now lost three in a row, to Nebraska, Colorado and Washington State, who outscored the Ducks by a 51-33 margin. So even though Oregon has won their last 12 matchups with the Huskies, Washington has a strong chance of ending that streak on Saturday night. Check out all of the college football betting lines for the Week 6 games.

A Closer Look At The Huskies At Ducks College Football Winning Favorites

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
TV: FOX
Radio: Washington IMG Sports Network / Oregon IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: Fox Sports GO
NCAAF Odds: Washington (-8), O/U 70

 

 

Why should you bet on the Huskies?

Washington quarterback Jake Browning has played amazing ball this season, throwing for 1,114 yards and 17 touchdowns in five games, against just two picks while completing 70.7% of his attempts. Wideouts Dante Pettis, Chico McClatcher and John Ross have all put up big numbers, which means that an Oregon secondary that already resembles Swiss cheese has three big problems headed its way.

If the Husky offense didn’t present enough problems, the Washington defense also looks elite. They rank #15 in the nation in yards permitted per game, but they have also posted 20 sacks, grabbed three picks and taken away 10 fumbles. Any Oregon mistake could head the other way in a hurry.

Why should you bet on the Ducks?

One bright spot for Oregon against Washington State came from tailback Royce Freeman, who carried the ball 19 times for 138 yards and three scores. Quarterback Dakota Prukop started the season strong and still has a 4:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but he only went 14 for 22 with a pick for 132 yards against a Washington State defense that doesn’t bring nearly as much strength as what Washington has. Oregon may start freshman quarterback Justin Herbert, but no official announcement has come forth.

The Ducks’ defense has been a weakness, ranking outside the top 100 against both the run and the pass. Pocket penetration has almost disappeared since the loss of DeForest Buckner. The Ducks do feature strong special teams, as Charles Nelson has already taken one kickoff to the house this year.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Washington to win this game, and win it emphatically. I predict a 45-14 victory for the Huskies.