The Nevada Wolf Pack (1-0) travel to Eugene in Week 2 for a showdown with the Oregon Ducks (0-1). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 7th at Autzen Stadium and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Oregon opened as a 23-point home favorite earlier this week. That line has shifted just slightly after early betting, as the Ducks are currently listed at -23.5. The total for the game is sitting at 62 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Oregon vs Nevada
Nevada stunned Purdue in Week 1, narrowly winning a 34-31 thriller after scoring 17 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. The Wolf Pack seemed destined to start their 2019 season 0-1 at halftime, trailing the Boilermakers 24-7. However, after pulling within two touchdowns of Purdue by the end of the 3rd quarter, momentum started to swing wildly resulting in a massive comeback victory in front of a rowdy home crowd. QB Carson Strong had a strong game for the Wolf Pack, going 30/51 for 295 yards and three touchdowns. RB Toa Taua also had a big afternoon, leading Nevada in both rushing and receiving yards (120 total) and finding the end zone midway through the 4th quarter to start a late charge. WR Elijah Cooks also chipped in, hauling in seven receptions for 60 yards and two scores. As a whole, the offense gained over 400 total yards and scored four touchdowns.
The Wolf Pack weren’t quite as strong on the other side of the ball in Week 1, allowing Purdue to score four touchdowns and gain over 500 total yards. They were especially weak against the pass, as Boilermakers QB Elijah Sindelar threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns in a losing cause. However, Nevada did force two interceptions which proved critical down the stretch.
Oregon lost a heart-breaker in Week 1, falling 27-21 on the road against Auburn. The Ducks appeared to be well on their way to a statement win against the Tigers, as they led 21-13 at the end of the 3rd quarter. However, they totally collapsed over the final 15 minutes of action and allowed Auburn to score 14 unanswered points. QB Justin Hebert played fairly well, going 28/37 for 242 yards passing and a touchdown. Star RB CJ Verdell also turned in a decent performance, rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown on 14 attempts. WR Johnny Johnson led the way for the receiving corps, catching seven passes for 98 yards. Overall, Oregon scored three touchdowns and gained over 300 total yards in a losing effort.
The Ducks were fantastic defensively until the 4th quarter, holding Auburn to only 13 points. However, they did allow Tigers RB JaTarvious Whitlow to rush for over 100 yards on the ground while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Oregon did too a pretty good job overall against the passing attack, as the leading receiver for Auburn only gained 42 yards.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Oregon -23.5
As impressed as I was with the Wolf Pack after their comeback victory over Purdue in Week 1, I still think that Oregon offers the best value in this particular spot. Not only will the Ducks be out for blood after such a disheartening loss against Auburn, they also match up quite well offensively against a very weak Nevada pass defense. It is very important to remember that despite escaping with a win over the Boilermakers, the Wolf Pack still allowed Elijah Sindelar to torch them for 400+ yards and four touchdowns through the air. Oregon is certainly capable of posting even bigger numbers than that offensively, which doesn’t exactly bode well for Nevada.
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There is also a very real tendency for teams that are coming off of extremely dramatic victories to suffer a bit of an emotional letdown their next time out. This is often especially apparent to start the game if it is taking place on the road. While Nevada may come out a shock everyone for a second straight week, I’m certainly not betting on it. The Ducks have had all week to think about what went wrong last weekend against Auburn after such an impressive first three quarters of play. I think they come out flying at home and cover the spread against a bad Wolf Pack pass defense on Saturday night – give me Oregon!