Oddsmakers Pick Up Oregon – Drop USC in Pac-12 Shift

Ducks Defeat OSU With Oregon Background

  • Ducks’ national title odds improve as they move to sixth
  • Sportsbooks are steadfast on Ducks’ Pac-12 title chances
  • USC loss amounts to free fall with oddsmakers

The Oregon Ducks staked their claim to a position inside the 2021 national championship race as running back C.J. Verdell rushed for 161 of the Ducks’ 269 yards in a 35-28 win over then-No. 3 Ohio State at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

The Ducks’ preseason national championship odds were at (+5000), and then they moved to (+4000) after last week’s 31-24 win over Fresno State. Knocking off the Buckeyes moved the Ducks to (+2500).

Oregon moved from No. 12 last week to No. 4 in this week’s AP poll.

There’s still a huge chasm between the usual top five teams and the Ducks, whose (+2500) number is now sixth on most odds boards.

Alabama (+180) and Georgia (+330) both predictably overwhelmed Mercer and UAB, respectively, keeping their position as the most likely pair to vie for the national title.

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Oklahoma (+700), Clemson (+800), and Ohio State (+900) round out the top five before we find coach Mario Cristobal’s team and renewed hope for the Pac-12’s first national championship since USC won it in 2004.

Leader of the ‘Pac’

Oregon (+140) continues to be the odds on favorite to win the Pac-12 title game behind senior quarterback Anthony Brown, who showed poise and composure as he completed 17 of 26 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win.

Oregon improved from (+250) a week ago where the Ducks had just shaded USC (+275).

The Trojans are another story.

Stanford, fresh off a 24-7 loss at Kansas State, came into the Los Angeles Coliseum and rolled up a 42-13 lead early in the fourth quarter before finishing with a 42-28 win over the Trojans.

USC suffered a monumental drop in falling to (+1200) as the Trojans are tied with Washington, who lost it’s second game on the young season when the Huskies fell 31-10 at Michigan. The Trojans also fell to (+15000) as a favorite to win the national championship as there is now no room for any more losses. Arizona State maintained it’s (+400) from last week as the Sun Devils pulled away from UNLV in the second half in winning a 37-10 decision. Then, UCLA, even with the open date, moved up to (+450) from (+550). The Bruins have taken then biggest jump so far in the league as they were pegged at (+1000) before the season started.

Online sportsbooks didn’t give Utah much of a hit as the Utes lost at BYU and fell to (+475) from (+450). Just before the season began, Oregon posted (+250), and Washington was on their tails at (+350). USC checked in at (+400) as the Sun Devils (+450), and Utes (+500) rounded out the top five.

Quack Attacks

Oregon running back C.J. Verdell wasn’t even thought of as a serious Heisman Trophy threat going into the season, but with his 161 yards and the 77-yard touchdown run on Saturday, he has moved from (+8000) to (+2500).

Quarterback Anthony Brown, who transferred into Eugene after four years at Boston College, is picking up some attention as he moved on the odds boards to (+5000). Depending where you looked, he was posting (+7500) odds or (+6000) going into the season.

Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels is another Heisman Trophy sleeper as well. Brown is a stellar dual- threat talent as he showed on Saturday night in rushing 13 times for 125 yards while passing for 175 and two TDs in the win over the Runnin’ Rebels. Daniels has cast a (+5000) number coming off of Saturday night’s game. He had a (+6000) posting going into the season although when the Heisman odds first came out several months ago, he placed odds at (+3000).

The biggest fall would be USC quarterback Kedon Slovis after the Trojans were beat down by Stanford. Slovis passed for 223 yards in connecting on 27-of-42 passes with a touchdown and an interception.

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Slovis dropped all the way to (+7500) from (+3300) after Saturday night’s loss. He didn’t have but 5.3 passing yards per attempt, but ultimately it was USC’s defense that didn’t do its job. UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson was the last Pac-12 player who had movement on the sportsbooks in the Heisman race as he has passed for 391 yards with four touchdowns over his first two games. DTR, as he is known, netted odds at (+3300) last week but fell back to (+5000) during the bye week, although he engineered UCLA’s 38-27 win over LSU last weekend.

Thompson-Robinson opened the season as a (+6000) favorite. Still, he is going to have plenty of opportunities to rise if the Bruins can continue to win and compete for the Pac-12 championship.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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