Oregon vs Oregon State Week 13 Expert Pick
The battle between Oregon and Oregon State is known as the Civil War, but it hasn’t been much of a war lately as the Ducks are one of the nation’s top programs and the Beavers are coming off one of their worst seasons in years. It’s not likely to be close again when these teams meet late in the 2016 regular season and Oregon will be a sizable favorite on college football odds.
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Oregon vs Oregon State Historic Betting Trends
The Civil War is the fifth most played college football rivalry game in the USA. The game was first played in 1894 and has been contested 119 times through 2015; Oregon leads the series 63-46- 10. The Ducks won their eighth in a row in the series last year, 52-42. Oregon survived a 35-point second half by Oregon State to hang on and finish the regular season with the second-best record in the Pac-12. The Beavers rallied from down 31-7 at halftime to within three points at 45-42 in the second half, beforeBralon Addison’s fourth touchdown of the night put the Ducks back in front by double digits.
Oregon running back Royce Freeman rushed for 167 yards and two scores, surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in all 12 regular season games, the only player in the country to do so. QB Vernon Adams finished 28-of- 38 for 366 yards and three scores. Addison caught all three passing TDs, and had 106 receiving yards. Adams’ 37-yard touchdown pass to Addison in the second quarter marked the 80th straight game for Oregon with a passing touchdown, extending the Ducks’ NCAA record.
Why Bet Oregon?
Because the Ducks are vastly superior, frankly. Freeman is one of the nation’s most exciting players. Freeman enters the start of preseason camp, slated for Aug. 8, with 3,201 career rushing yards. He would need 1,881 as a junior to match LaMichael James’ UO career record, set from 2009-11. Freeman’s 35 career rushing touchdowns are 18 fewer than James’ total from his three seasons in Eugene.
The Ducks welcome back tight end Pharaoh Brown this season. Brown missed all of the 2015 season due to injury. As a junior in 2014, Brown was blossoming into an elite talent, with 25 receptions for 420 yards and six touchdowns, before being injured in early November.
For the second year in a row, the Ducks will be breaking in a new starting quarterback. With Adams Jr. gone to the CFL, the Ducks imported in another FCS quarterback, Dakota Prukop, to bridge the gap until Oregon’s quarterbacks of the future are ready. Prukop is a poised veteran, but he might also be pushed by some of Oregon’s younger quarterbacks in Travis Jonsen and Terry Wilson.
Why Bet Oregon State?
Because miracles can happen? And it’s at home? Otherwise, I can’t think of any logical reasons. Mike Riley left the cupboard absolutely bare in Corvallis, and it showed with a dismal 2015 campaign. Beaver fans sat through a 2-10 season bereft of a single Pac-12 victory. The Pac-12 media doesn’t expect a lot in Coach Gary Andersen’s second year — they picked the Beavers last in the North Division and 12th overall.
The Beavers also will have a new QB this year, most likely Darell Garretson. It wasn’t a big surprise when it was announced that Garretson would be transferring from Utah State. Though Garretson never played for Andersen, who used to coach Utah State, he did play for then-Utah State offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven, who’s now the Beavers’ co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. So, Garretson was familiar with the system and the way in which things had been run with Andersen.
Oregon State offense’s struggled to move the ball through the air last season. The Beavers finished 12th in the conference in passing offense, passing efficiency, and passing touchdowns. Oregon State was dead last in the Pac-12 by scoring just 19 points and averaging 336 yards a game. The Beavers will have new offensive, defensive and special teams coordinators this season.
My Expert Pick
Oregon, Oregon, Oregon. Ducks win by double-digits on NCAA football odds.