The fifth-ranked University of Washington appears to have rejoined the nation’s elite programs after nearly two decades away. The Huskies now look to end a 12-game losing streak to Pacific Northwest rival Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks are rare home underdogs in college football lines.
Taking a Look at the Washington at Oregon Betting Lines, Expert Pick & TV Info
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
Opening NCAA Football Lines: Washington -8 (68)
Why Bet on Washington?
The Huskies trashed reigning Pac-12 champion and No. 7 Stanford 44-6 last Friday. Jake Browning threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Myles Gaskin added 100 yards rushing and two scores, and Washington claimed its most lopsided victory over an AP top 10 team since beating No. 5 Southern California 31-0 in 1990. It was Washington’s biggest win over a Top 10 team, bettering a 36-point victory over Wisconsin in 1959. The Huskies went over 200 yards rushing for the third straight game. The Huskies held Stanford to 184 yards passing, the fourth time in five games their opponents have been held to under 200 yards through the air.
The Huskies gained two yards (424) for every one they allowed (213). They held Stanford junior Christian McCaffrey to 49 yards on 12 carries. When the Stanford offensive line wasn’t busy not opening holes for McCaffrey, they were giving up eight sacks of Ryan Burns (six) and Keller Chryst (two). The crowd of 72,027, the biggest since Washington opened the renovated stadium three years ago, reveled in the Huskies’ dominance, a callback to this program’s glory days in the early 1990s.
UW’s last win over Top-10 team was Oct. 27, 2012 vs. No. 7 Oregon State (20-17) at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle. UW is now 2-1- 1 in top-10 battles at Husky Stadium. Their last win in such a contest was Nov. 6, 1982 when No. 10 UW beat No. 9 UCLA, 10-7. The Huskies have outscored opponents 120-3 in the first half of its four home games this season. That’s 58-0 in the first quarter and 62-3 in the second quarter.
Washington players won’t be available for interviews this week, per a decision from coach Chris Petersen. After the Huskies’ big win over Stanford, Petersen is shutting things down in advance of the visit to arch-rival Oregon, aiming to prevent trash talk slipping out as his program tries to end the 12-game losing streak in the series.
Why Bet on Oregon?
The Ducks (2-3, 0-2) were blown out 51-33 by Washington State last week, their third straight loss. Royce Freeman’s second of three touchdowns on the night tied the score late in the first quarter, but Washington State rushed for three scores of its own in the second quarter to build a 28-14 halftime lead.
Washington State re-established its running game in the final period, with Jamal Morrow and James Williams rushing for touchdowns that put WSU up 44-20. Charles Nelson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score midway through the quarter, but Williams answered it to give the Cougars three backs with two rushing touchdowns, and more than 650 yards of offense for the game. The Cougars nearly doubled their total rushing yardage through three games of 365, finishing with 280 on Saturday. And they limited the Ducks to 7.5 yards per pass attempt, well off their season average.
With 138 rushing yards, Freeman moved past Kenjon Barner into second on Oregon’s all-time list with 3,664. The 100-yard rushing effort was the 19th of his career, also second all-time to LaMichael James (26, 2009-11). Freeman’s three touchdowns moved him into a tie for fourth on UO’s all-time TD list with Derek Loville, who had 45 from 1986-89. Oregon scored at least 20 points for the 35th straight game, the longest such streak in the FBS (tied with TCU).
The Ducks last lost three straight games in the same season back in 2007, following the knee injury to quarterback Dennis Dixon. Oregon is 2-3 for the first time since 2004, the last losing season for the program. The Ducks had not lost a conference road game since Nov. 23, 2013 at Arizona. The Ducks had won their first Pac-12 road game of the year in 16 consecutive seasons before Saturday. UO’s last loss on its opening conference road trip was at Washington in 1999.
Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 45 losses and five ties. In games played in Eugene has the Ducks enjoy a 17-12 edge all-time. Last season in Seattle, Oregon won, 26-20, as a third-quarter, 72-yard run from Gaskin and a three-yard pass from Browning to Jaydon Mickens in the fourth brought the UW to within six points. The Ducks, however, intercepted a last-minute pass to preserve the win.
My Expert Pick
Favorite is 13-2- 1 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
Huskies are 3-12- 1 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
Huskies are 0-6- 1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Oregon.
I’ll take the points here and go over the total in NCAA Football betting.