No. 11 Oregon (1-0) at Washington State (0-0)
This is the 98th meeting as the Ducks hold a 50-40-7 advantage in the series. Washington State had won four in a row until last season when Oregon took a 37-35 win in Eugene. The Ducks won eight straight from 2007-2014 when they averaged 43.7 points per game against the Cougs during that stretch.
Vs. The Spread
The Ducks are 5-2 ATS and 13-1 SU in the last 14 games and the total has gone over in six of the last nine. Oregon is 0-5 ATS in it’s last five games against the Cougars. Oregon covered the (-11 1/2) in last week’s 35-14 win over Stanford. Remember though, the Ducks lost 25 seniors and have 81 underclassmen on the roster.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Oregon||-10.5 (-115)||-400||O 58 (-112)|
|Washington State||+10.5 (-105)||+320||U 58 (-108)|
New Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough passed for 227 yards and ran for 85 as the Ducks took down Stanford, 35-14. Shough scored from nine yards out and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Johnson. Oregon improved to 11-0 under coach Mario Cristobol when the Ducks rush for over 200 yards.
The Nick Rolovich era in Pullman started with a 38-28 win over Oregon State as quarterback Jayden de Laura passed for 227 yards and threw two touchdown passes while rushing for 43 yards and also scoring himself. Running back Deon McIntosh finished with 147 yards on 18 carries and a score.
When Oregon Has the Ball
Shough fits into the mantra of consistent and efficient Ducks quarterbacks throughout the last several years dating back to the Chip Kelly era. CJ Verdell looks for another big games against the Cougars as he has 312 rushing yards and 83 receiving yards with three touchdowns in his career against the Cougars. Wide receiver Jaylen Redd looks for three catches and 14 receiving yards to move to 100 catches and 1,000 career receiving yards.
Washington State’s pass defense will be on alert after giving up 329 yards through the air against Oregon State last week. The Cougars accrued four sacks as all four belonged to defensive linemen as Ron Stone posted 1 1/2 sacks.
When Washington State Has the Ball
de Laura was the Pac-12 Freshmen of the Week in completing 18 of 33 passes for 227 yards with two touchdown tosses to Travell Harris. The Cougars will look to get Renard Bell untracked beside of Harris at wide where Bell has 1,379 career receiving yards.
The Ducks have to be better against the run after Stanford rolled up 197 yards last week. Deon McIntosh rolled up 147 yards on the ground for Wazzu last week as the Cougars accrued 7.6 yards per rush. Starting running back Max Borghi is still listed to start after being out last week due to an undisclosed injury.
Winner: Oregon 31, Washington State (+10½) 27
Over-Under: Take Under 58