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Virginia Cavaliers vs. Oregon Ducks Free Pick 9/7/13

Oregon Ducks (1-0) at Virginia Cavaliers (1-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Scott Stadium)

The Line: Virginia Cavaliers 23.5 -- Over/Under: 64 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC/ESPN2

The Oregon Ducks travel to Virginia to play the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday.

The Virginia Cavaliers opened their season with a solid win over the BYU Cougars, 19-16, on Saturday. RB Kevin Parks ran 13 yards for a touchdown with less than three minutes left to play Saturday night as Virginia beat BYU in a wild, rain-drenched season-opener that had a two-hour weather daily. Parks finished with 20 carries for 65 yards and the winning touchdown. QB David Watford, who was making his first start for Virginia, completed 18 of 32 passes for 114 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interceptions. Watford’s main target was WR Jennings, who finished with 7 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. The Cavaliers won the game, but their offensive production was not great against a stingy BYU defense. The Virginia offense will come up against another tough defense this weekend, when the Ducks come to town. The Virginia defense played great as far as the scoreboard is concerned. However, the Cavaliers surrendered 362 total yards, 187 of those coming on the ground. Virginia was able to dictate their style of play and control the clock for most of the game. BYU’s offense is good, but nothing like what the Cavaliers will face this weekend against the Oregon Ducks.

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Oregon Ducks Free Pick 9/7/13

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The Oregon Ducks destroyed Nicholls State 66-3 in their season opener on Saturday. The first and second strings played limited time for the Ducks in this one, so they should be fresh for this week’s game against UVA. QB Mariota completed 12 of 21 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown, while RB Thomas rushed 18 times for an impressive 128 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks gained 772 yards of total offense against a far inferior team in Nicholls state. Oregon produced 500 yards rushing and only faced third down 10 times in the game. The Ducks defense gave up 343 yards, but most of that came against second and third string players. With all due respect, Oregon was better off playing the local high school team than Nicholls State. Having said that, it’s hard to judge this team without Coach Kelly, based on the season opener. Up next, the Ducks will not only have to fly cross country, they will face a hungry Cavaliers squad that has had this game circled on their schedule for two years now.

Virginia does not have the talent of depth to keep up with Oregon in this game. Virginia may be able to slow down the Duck offense, but Oregon will definitely score over 40 points in this one. Meanwhile, UVA does not have the firepower to keep up with Ducks offensively. I think Oregon pulls away in the second half and wins by 28 to 31 points.

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Oregon -23

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