Oregon’s Must-see NCAA Football Betting Games for 2015

Posted by Alex Murphy on July 31, 2015 in

The Oregon Ducks finished last season with an 11-1 regular-season record, as their point man, Marcus Mariota, won the Heisman Trophy for the first time in the school history. Oregon went on to dominate Florida State (a team that hadn’t lost in two seasons) in the Rose Bowl before finally losing in the National Championship game to the Buckeyes. Notably, last season was the most successful one in the Ducks’ College Football Odds history. As the 2015 season begins, the Ducks are bidding to make another push towards the playoffs. But in order to do so, the Ducks will have to take care if a challenging schedule, including the must-see games detailed below.

Let’s Look at Oregon’s Must-see NCAA Football Betting Games for 2015

Oregon vs. USC, November 21

Pick: Oregon

The Ducks will play host to USC for the first time since 2011, when Oregon lost 38-35, with this being the first meeting between the two schools since 2012, when Oregon won 61-52. A lot has changed for both programs since then, with the Ducks becoming national contenders and the Trojans particularly looking like a powerhouse this year after a strong recruiting class in the offseason. Nonetheless, the Trojans lost defensive lineman Leonard Williams (sixth overall pick) to the NFL draft and it will take them some time for them to find of William’s caliber to play stop-gap in the defense. On the flipside, Oregon seeks to replace Mariota, but the return of Royce Freeman together a talented running back corps should keep this Pac-12 game entertaining and worth your while.

Oregon vs. Stanford, November 14

Pick: Oregon

Oregon had trouble with Stanford in 2012 and 2013, but that was erased when the Ducks posted a 45-16 win over the Cardinal last year. For Stanford, 2014 was not the best of years. Still, although Stanford’s five losses in 2014 came against ranked opponents, there is still sufficient talent in the team, making them a worthy Pac-12 title contender. With a young defense riding on the best defensive ranking record in the conference, the Cardinal will be a tough nut for the Ducks’ high-powered offense to crack. But when all is said and done, Oregon should be able to stand tall in the end.

Oregon vs. Michigan State, September 12

Pick: Michigan State

This will be the second game of the season for the Ducks. Hitting the road and grabbing a win is will not be an easy task for the Ducks, especially because the Spartans rarely give wins at home. Notably, this game will be the furthest east the Ducks have travelled since the 2013 game against Virginia. For the game, the Spartans return most of their key starters from last season, including senior QB Connor Cook, one of the best signal-callers in the nation. With both programs coming off impressive seasons last year, this matchup is bound to be a classic. In last year’s game, the Spartans outplayed the Ducks in first half of the game before Mariota ignited the Ducks offense for 28 straight points, as Oregon won 46-27. Michigan State will be more rejuvenated this year, as they lost only two games in 2014, both of those coming against teams that played in the national championship game. Of course, the Ducks will be tough to beat, but playing at home should be able to motivate them for a strong showing, as they seek to contend for the Big Ten title this year, and probably challenge for a spot in the college football playoffs.

Oregon vs. Arizona State, October 29

Pick: Oregon

Oregon will travel for the first time since 2012 for this matchup against Arizona State. The Sun Devils had an impressive season last year and, thanks to their solid start to the season, they climbed as high as No.7 in the national rankings before winding the season at No.12 in the AP Poll due to a 10-3 finish. For the season, Arizona State returns a combined 16 starters in both offense and defense, with the only noteworthy exception being the loss of QB Taylor Kelly. But even with the loss of Kelly, the Sun Devils will still challenge for the Pac-12 South title, as they have a young but deeply talented team. With their solid offense, the Sun Devils will be a tough challenge for the Ducks, so a shootout game looks very likely here. A win for Arizona State will be possible, but I believe the Ducks will find a way of swimming away with a marginal win.