What Will the NCAA Football Odds Be For Oregon and FSU?

Posted by Alex Murphy on August 11, 2015 in

Both Oregon and Florida State will return to the College Football betting odds this season with big questions over their offense – which is only natural given that their quarterbacks are now in the National Football League. While both teams appear to have ready replacements to go, I would speculate that Florida State will fare better than their Pac-12 counterpart. Here’s why.

Let’s Review What Will the NCAA Football Odds Be For Oregon and FSU?

Florida State Seminoles

Florida State made it to the College Football Playoff last year thanks to a great deal of luck – to go along with their solid play. Remember that phantom pass interference call against Notre Dame? This year, they have luck in the form of a helpful schedule. Things start out fairly easily, with home games against Texas State and South Florida. They travel to play Boston College, have their bye, and then travel to Wake Forest. At that point, they really should be an easy 4-0.

After that is where things get a little dicey. They have Miami, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Clemson (the last two not he road) in a stint between October 10 and November 7. If they can emerge from that gauntlet still unbeaten, they’ll only have N.C. State and UT-Chattanooga at home. They do finish at Florida, but the Gators are projected to be in a rebuilding year after the departure of Will Muschamp.

Having that early stretch of four games against weaker opposition gives the Seminoles time to piece their offensive and defensive schemes together. Sean Maguire, slated to start at quarterback, will have some experience starting and should have even more solid affirmation by then. This means that the team doesn’t have to hit the ground running. They do have a tough part to the season but have some time to figure things out.

Oregon Ducks

Oregon probably has the better of the two incoming quarterbacks, as Vernon Adams Jr. is transferring in from Eastern Washington to pilot the Duck offense. He still hasn’t made it to camp yet, though, as his transfer is still going through. The latest rumor is that he will arrive mid-August, transferring as a graduate student so that he does not lose any eligibility. If something happens to keep Adams from coming, or if Adams goes down to injury, the Ducks also have junior Jeff Locke, who is an able backup and had a strong spring.

The Ducks have an inexperienced secondary, returning just one starter in the four positions. The front seven also lost three starters. On offense, the Ducks also feature Royce Freeman carrying the ball – averaging 234.5 yards per game last season. Junior wide receiver Byron Marshall caught 74 balls for 1,003 yards. The offensive line will have three new starters coming in.

Final Remarks

So why will FSU have the easier time? The Ducks play in the Pac-12, which means that their conference schedule will be much more difficult to negotiate in undefeated fashion. If both teams were to return to the College Football Playoff, it would be interesting to see if the Seminoles could deliver payback for the Ducks’ win in the first year’s semifinal.