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Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon Ducks Free Pick 10/5/13

Oregon Ducks (4-0) at Colorado Buffaloes (2-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Folsom Field)

The Line: Colorado Buffaloes +39 -- Over/Under: 69 See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The Colorado Buffaloes and the Oregon Ducks face off on Saturday in Boulder in a Pac-12 College football battle.

The Colorado Buffaloes appear to be greatly improved over what we have seen from them for several years but they still appear to have a long way to go. CU is off to a 2-1 start to the season but they are coming off a one sided loss last week at Oregon State. The Colorado offense is averaging 32 points and 411.3 yards per game. QB Connor Wood is completing 60.3 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and four interceptions while being sacked six times. Tony Jones is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, Michael Adkins is averaging 7.0 yards per carry, and Christian Powell is averaging 2.7 yards per carry but none of them have found the endzone. Paul Richardson has 26 catches and five touchdowns, Nelson Spruce has 13 catches and a touchdown, and Tyler McCulloch has nine catches and a touchdown. The Colorado defense is allowing just under 32 points per game and 391.7 yards with a fumble recovery, five sacks, and four interceptions. Addison GIllam has 33 tackles, Derrick Webb has 24 tackles, and Parker Orms has 20 tackles. Colorado had two weeks off in between games but now playing back to back they shouldn’t be as rusty as they looked last week.

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Colorado Buffaloes vs. Oregon Ducks Free Pick 10/5/13

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The Oregon Ducks have been playing like a top tier college football team blowing out their opponents on a weekly basis. Oregon lost Head Coach Chip Kelly to the NFL but they haven’t missed a beat. QB Marcus Mariota has completed 56.1 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing for 295 yards and another touchdown. The Ducks will be without DeAnthony Thomas this week but they have Byron Marshall who is averaging 6.8 yards per carry with four touchdowns and Thomas Tyner who averages 7.0 yards per carry with four touchdowns. Josh Huff has 16 catches and two touchdowns, Bralon Addison has 14 catches and two touchdowns, and Daryle Hawkins as eight catches and two touchdowns. The Oregon defense allows just 10.8 points and 320.5 yards per game with four interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, and 10 sacks. Derrick Malone has 35 tackles, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has 21 tackles, and Tony Washington has 20 tackles and three sacks. Oregon is thinking National Championship this season.

Colorado is 7-18 against the spread in their last 25 games, 5-12 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the point spread, and 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 home games. Oregon is 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 games, 7-1 against the spread in their last 12 Pac-12 games, and 7-0 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record.

I am a believer in what Colorado is doing and the direction of their program but this is a little more than they are ready for and they are more than likely going to get rolled here by the Ducks.

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