Washington State Cougars Vs. Oregon Ducks 9/29/12 Tyrone’s Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
In possibly the biggest mismatch of the season in the Pacific-12 Conference the No. 2Oregon Ducks face the 2-2, 0-1 Washington State Cougars who were surprised 35-34 by 1-3, 1-0 Colorado during Week 4.
The Buffaloes trailed by 17 points after junior placekicker Andrew Furney's first of two fourth-quarter field goals went through the uprights. WSU was in control the whole night scoring four of the game's first six touchdowns.
Sophomore quartback Connor Halliday's TD passes to wide receivers freshman Gabe Marks, sophomore Isiah Myers and two to junior Marquess Wilson had Mike Leach and the Cougs assuming victory. Washington State however had the same number of turnovers as CU and was outscored 21-3 the final 7:06 of the game.
4-0, 1-0 Oregon overcame a slow start to romp 49-0 over 3-1, 0-1 Arizona last night. The Ducks , at least the entire nation, expected a shootout, but the Oregon defense stymied the Wildcats a myriad of times during the first half in the red zone and fittingly outscored 'Zona 21-0 during the fourth quarter thanks to two pick-sixes. Sophomore defensive backs Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Troy Hill joined in on the pretty good list of Ducks reaching the end zone with electrifying plays.
Freshman QB Marcus Mariota was held in check to some degree just finding WRs junior Daryle Hawkins and freshman Bralon Addison for TDs as backup sophomore QB Bryan Bennett scored nine seconds before Hill with an eight-yard sprint. Colt Lyerla had a one-yard TD too before Oregon went for two and got it to go up 21-0 midway through the third period. Senior PK Rob Beard added two second-quarter FGs to cap a strong Ducks performance.
Oregon might be the best team in the nation. I know no one in the Southeastern Conference wants to hear that, but it could be the truth. The 'Cats are by no means the stiffest test out there, but what the Ducks did to them is beyond comprehension. Blowing Arizona out is one thing. Shutting them out is completely another.
Oregon's defense has gotten better each week which doesn't bode well for the Cougars who appreciate the Wildcats being shutout because they can't do any worse points-wise. The Ducks' opponents this season have strung in 34, 25, 14 and zero points. Also scoring at least 42 per game is Oregon who managed 56 in a road opener last year at 'Zona.
The Ducks downed WSU 43-28 in Eugene a month later so maybe Oregon won't slaughter the Cougs. Then again the Ducks drubbed three other away foes by 17, 23 and 43-point margins including the Buffaloes who won at Washington State during Week 4. The Cougars are an unimpressive 1-1 at Martin Stadium thwarting 2-1, 1-0 Eastern Washington 24-20 during Week 2.
WSU is now the worst Pac-12 team virtue of losing to Colorado. Going 3-3 in Pullman what they did last season will be tough to repeat. The Cougs lost twice by 30 and 23 points at home in successive home games last October. While it's still September this year Oregon is top-notch competition and will cruise. Luckily for us the Ducks will not play as great as they did in all three phases of the game last weekend. Taking Washington State to get crushed, but not by more than four TDs.