Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/19/13
Washington State Cougars (4-3) at Oregon Ducks (6-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Autzen Stadium)
The Line: Oregon Ducks -40 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports 1
The Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars face off on Saturday at Autzen Stadium in a Pac-12 college football match up.
It’s tough to overuse superlatives when referring to the Oregon Ducks this season as they have destroyed every opponent that has been put in front of them. The Oregon offense is averaging 56.8 points and 630.5 yards per game and they have turned the ball over just five times. QB Marcus Mariota has completed 60.6 percent of his passes with 17 of them going for touchdowns with no interceptions and he has rushed for 426 yards and eight touchdowns. Byron Marshall is averaging 6.2 yards per carry with six touchdowns and DeAnthony Thomas is averaging 8.0 yards per carry with six touchdowns. The Ducks receivers are led by Josh Huff with 27 catches and five touchdowns, Bralon Addison has 27 catches and six touchdowns, and Johnny Mundt 10 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively, Oregon allows 13.8 points and 338.7 yards per game with seven interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, and 16 sacks. Derrick Malone has 52 tackles, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has 36 tackles, Tony Washington has 29 tackles and 4.5 sacks and Terrance Mitchell has 29 tackles. Oregon’s defense is underrated, but they have been getting the job done.
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The Washington State Cougars are a program looking to bounce back after many down years and while they appear to be heading in the right direction, they still have some work to do. Wazzu is averaging 29.9 points and 413.3 yards per game, but they have turned the ball over 20 times. Connor Halliday as completed 63.4 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Marcus Mason is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with a touchdown and he has 19 receptions and Jeremiah Laufasa averages 4.8 yards per carry with six touchdowns. The WSU receivers are led by Gabe Marks with 47 catches and four touchdowns, Kristoff Williams has 26 receptions, and Rickey Galvin as 23 catches. Defensively Washington State is allowing 25.3 points and 400.6 yards per game with 11 interceptions, five fumble recoveries, and 12 sacks. Deone Bucannon has 64 tackles, Cyrus Coen has 45 tackles and 3.0 sacks, and Darryl Monroe has 45 tackles.
Oregon is 10-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record. Washington State is 4-0 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, 4-1 against the spread following a loss, and 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight road games. The underdog has covered the point spread in seven of the last 10 meetings of these two.
Oregon doesn’t turn the ball over much, while WSU turns it over in bunches. Throw in that Oregon’s offense can score from anywhere at any time, and I hate to say it, but I am laying the five plus touchdowns and taking the Ducks.