Time: 7 PM CST
Spread: ORE -20
Betting odds c/o Bovada
The Oregon Ducks have lost one game this season, and it is a distant memory to Oregon fans. Considering the Ducks have outscored its three AP ranked opponents this season by a score of 139-84, there’s a lot of hope that this team ends up taking the first NCAA tournament in college football history.
Oregon closes its regular season with what should be a lopsided victory: college football oddsmakers are setting the line 20-points in favor of Oregon against in-state “rival” Oregon State.
The Ducks, in typical fashion, are nearly unstoppable offensively. Oregon has averaged 45.8 points per game this season, while still putting up a strong defense that limits opponents to 23.6 points per game. The Ducks have only had two games decided by a touchdown or less, the loss to Arizona and a 38-31 victory over Washington State on Sept. 20.
What makes Oregon nearly impossible to stop is the versatility of its offense. Oregon ranks in the top 25 in both passing and rushing yardage, and gets 537.6 yards per game.
Marcus Mariota has thrown 68 percent for completion this season while posting his first year with greater than 10-yards per attempt. His passer rating is off the charts at 185.2 and amazingly he’s thrown just two interceptions to is 32 TDs this season. His RAW QB rating is 89.9 and he’s still got one more season to wreck havoc, if he chooses to.
The 6’4” Honolulu native has allowed himself to be sacked a little more this season, but that seems like a small complaint from a team that is likely on its way to a national championship showdown, barring premature disaster.
Oregon State has lost five of its past six contests, with an improbable victory over then-No. 6 Ariona State (boy, that hurt their ranking) on Nov. 15. The Beavers have been strikingly mediocre all season, with a negative-3.9 point differential.
This contest on ABC will give Oregon State a chance to show the nation why everyone watches Oregon and no one watches Oregon State. But then again, we all already knew that.