College Football Week 8 Odds – Washington at (9) Oregon

Washington Huskies at (9) Oregon Ducks (-20.5, 65 o/u)

The Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks clash in a battle of one-loss Pac-12 teams tonight (8 p.m. Eastern at Autzen Stadium in Eugene). Both the Huskies and Ducks are 5-1 (and 1-1 in the Pac-12) entering today’s game, but while Oregon is in the top ten and still in the fight for one of the four playoff spots, Washington is unranked and doesn’t receive any national respect.  

The Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks clash in a battle of one-loss Pac-12 teams today (8 p.m. Eastern at Autzen Stadium in Eugene). Both the Huskies and Ducks are 5-1 (and 1-1 in the Pac-12) entering today’s game, but while Oregon is in the top ten and still in the fight for one of the four playoff spots, Washington is unranked and doesn’t receive any national respect.

Oregon has reason to be confident tonight; the Ducks have won the last ten meetings against the Huskies and the remnants of Chip Kelly’s offense is still averaging 43.3 points per game without its architect (seventh best in the nation).

QB Marcus Mariota is listed as the top prospect for the 2015 NFL draft, but his offensive line has been shaky over the last few weeks. Indeed, constant pressure on the young QB was Oregon’s downfall in their lone loss to Arizona.

The team rebounded nicely last week, though, with a convincing 42-30 win on the road at then-No.18 UCLA.

“I think it validates what we think of our team and the character of our team,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said in reference to the UCLA game. “Those guys are competitive dudes that care a lot about each other, care a ton about the process, and knowing how they responded last week to adversity; that’s huge. That will pay off down the road.”

Washington will try to hand the Ducks their second home loss of the season. The Huskies’ offense is 37th in the nation, averaging 34.8 points per game. While the Huskies have an impressive record and some good-looking stat lines, they have faced mostly weak competition and lost their one and only game against a ranked opponent (20-17 against Stanford). Though Washington did post a convincing 31-7 win at Cal last week, easily their best win of the season so far. Cal came into that contest averaging 50 points per game, but were stymied by the Husky defense.

Despite Washington’s only loss being a one-score loss to a ranked opponent, Oregon enters the game as 20.5 point favorites. The over/under sits at 64.5. Washington is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five games when playing on the road against Oregon, but will have ample points to work with tonight.

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.