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Oregon Ducks at Washington Huskies Picks & Betting Predictions

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Oregon Ducks at Washington Huskies Picks & Betting Predictions

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Entering the first week of the College Football Playoff rankings, Oregon is the only remaining Pac-12 school in contention for a semifinal spot, sitting at No. 4 in the inaugural 2021 rankings. That’s an indictment against the conference, sure, but there’s still plenty of hope for some West Coast representation.

This Saturday, the Ducks are on the road to face the Washington Huskies (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local time). Current college football odds see Oregon as favorites by nearly a touchdown against a team they’ve beaten in its past two meetings.

Washington is coming off back-to-back road wins — including one as an underdog — so this might not be an easy one for Oregon. Check out our college football picks for this matchup.

Odds are current as of publication. Betting sites may indicate odds changes closer to kickoff.

5 Keys to Oregon vs Washington

Common foes: One of the best arguments one could make for Washington in this matchup is that they just beat Stanford on the road (the same Stanford team that gave Oregon its only loss). Both Washington and Oregon have also beaten California and Arizona — although Oregon beat UCLA, while Washington did not.

Style points: Even if they win out, Oregon will likely need some style points to get them into the playoffs. They seem to have received that message, given that they scored a season-high 52 points against Colorado that week. They should have no reservations about running up the score when possible.

Strength vs. Weakness: Washington’s defense is the best in the nation at stopping the pass (146.9 pass yards allowed per game), but it is largely average at stopping the run (178/5 rush yards allowed per game, 96th in NCAA). Unfortunately for the Huskies, Oregon has proven to be a run-first outfit, averaging 205 yards per game on the ground (25th in NCAA).

Balanced attack: Though Washington doesn’t have the most potent passing offense around, they have excelled at spreading the ball to several targets. Five receivers have at least 18 receptions (albeit no more than 27) on the year, and each of those has found the end zone at least once.

Less laundry: Oregon has been among the country’s most penalized teams this season (7.5 penalties per game, tied for 111th out of 130 schools). Last week was a small step in the right direction, as the Ducks took five penalties for 40 yards.

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Oregon vs Washington Weather Forecast

It’s Seattle we’re talking about, so are you even surprised there’s rain in the forecast? By Saturday evening, the chance of precipitation will be down to 40% (after being 70% through the morning and afternoon).

Oregon vs Washington Moneyline

Oregon should be unbeaten, if not for an overtime loss at Stanford a month ago. They’ve bounced back since then, highlighting a three-game win streak with a road win against UCLA as college football betting underdogs. The Ducks definitely should win this game, which makes their -265 moneyline odds palatable to include in a parlay of some kind.

Oregon vs Washington Point Spread

Recent meetings between these schools have been tight, so it makes sense that sportsbooks are calling for another one-score finish — the past two Oregon/Washington matchups were decided by a total of seven points.

Both teams are 2-6 against the spread this year, so there’s not a lot of faith being earned on either side. At least with Oregon we saw breakout potential from the offense last week, suggesting they can run away from their 6.5-point spread.

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Oregon vs Washington Totals

And speaking of that impressive offensive performance by Oregon, that’s the reason we expect the 51.5-point total to hit the Over this week. Making that a successful play on betting apps will surely require Oregon to run the ball a lot. But hey, that’s what they like to do anyway.

Washington has seen the under hit in seven of eight games this season, but Oregon’s 52-point effort last week proves they’re capable of doing most (if not all) of the damage themselves.

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About the Author

Jordan Horrobin for Bookies.com
Jordan Horrobin
Jordan Horrobin has created sports betting content since 2019, covering everything from the NFL to KBO. Based in Toronto, he has written for MLB.com, The Athletic and Sportsnet.