Oregon vs Stanford Week 11 College Football Odds & Game Picks

Posted by Aaron . on July 26, 2016 in

In a crucial Pac-12 North showdown, the Stanford Cardinal will head north to take on the Oregon Ducks in Week 11, and even when it’s too early for many fans, we have a college football betting preview and a solid prediction for this match. A year ago, Stanford was ranked #7 in the nation and looked headed for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but then the Ducks came to town and ran away with a 38-36 win, as Vernon Adams passed for 205 yards and a pair of scores, and Oregon came up big on a late two-point conversion stop to hang a loss on Stanford.

 

Oregon vs Stanford Week 11 College Football Odds & Game Picks

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016, Time TBA
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
TV: TBA
Radio:
Oregon IMG Sports Network
Live Stream:
GoDucks.com
NCAA Odds:
Standford -10

Why should you bet on Stanford?

With the Cardinal, it’s all about the ground game last year, as Christian McCaffrey returns for another season at tailback. Stanford put  up 37.8 points per game last year, and either Keller Chryst or Ryan Burns will be at the helm of the offense this year with Kevin Hogan taking his quarterback talents to the NFL. Wideouts Trenton Irwin and Francis Owusu have big shoes to fill with the departure of Devon Cajuste. On the defensive side of the ball, there are also a lot of questions. Defensive ends Aziz Shittu and Brennan Scarlett have graduated — but Solomon Thomas will be back. The linebackers and the secondary should be more solid than the line, at least at first.

 

Why should you put your money on the Ducks?

There’s nothing wrong with the Oregon offense — they have averaged at least 43 points per game since 2011. They will have a new offensive coordinator in Matt Lubick and a new quarterback, as Dakota Prukop has transferred in from Montana State (if he can hold off Travis Jonsen and Terry Wilson to win the starting job). The Mark Helfrich system will remain in place, and the Ducks should score plenty, with Royce Freeman carrying the ball and five talented wideouts in place. The issue is the defense. They were dead last in the Pac-12 last year in points and yards permitted per game. But the defense now has a new coordinator in Brady Hoke, and they will have a new look in the 4-3 defense — and a new linebacking corps. By Week 11, they should have the 4-3 down and the offense should be firing on all cylinders.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Both of these teams are putting a lot of new pieces into place. However, Oregon is a tough team to beat at home, and when you run a system offense like they do, the pieces are not as important as the process. I’m predicting a 38-31 Duck victory.