Oregon @ USC Week 10 Expert Odds & Picks
Week Ten could feature a preview of the Pac-12 title game, as North contender Oregon visits South contender USC. Both teams need to improve on their performance last year to qualify for the title, but the Ducks have added another FCS transfer quarterback to run their offensive scheme, and the Trojans will have the benefit of a new coach without the dumpster fire that Steve Sarkisian’s personal life turned into last year. To keep up with the odds for this and other games in the upcoming season check out our college football betting portal.
How To Bet the Ducks @ Trojans NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info
Why should you bet on Oregon?
Did you know that the Ducks have put up an average of 43 points per game for five consecutive seasons? There are some doubters in Oregon this year, as they bring in a new coordinator in Matt Lubick and Dakota Prukop, who came in from Montana State. Prukop came with some big recommendations but did not look all that much better than the redshirt freshman Travis Jonsen in spring practice. However, the rest of the offense is blue-chip, with Royce Freeman at tailback and Devon Allen, Dwayne Stanford and Darren Carrington all solid receiving options. The offensive line replaces two starters but has plenty of depth. The issues are on defense, where last year was ridiculous — and this year sees former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke taking over as coordinator, and he plans to put in a 4-3 defense. We’ll see if he has the men to put together a solid depth chart for that scheme.
Why should you put your money on the Trojans?
The Trojans have a power running game, which can cause all kinds of problems for a tentative defense. The Ducks don’t exactly have a smashmouth reputation, and Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II will take turns trying to smash through holes in the Duck defense and win the time of possession battle. The key for USC will be seeing who wins the quarterback battle between Sam Darnold and Max Browne, because the Trojans will need a multidimensional offense to beat Oregon. On defense, the back seven for USC is solid, which will make life challenging for the Duck passing attack. However, the defensive line returns exactly zero starters, with three sophomores set to make their starting debuts. As they go, so goes the USC defense.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like USC to use their ground game to wear down the Oregon defense and keep the Duck offense off the field. I’m predicting a 27-23 Trojan win.