The #12 ranked Oregon Ducks (5-1) travel to Pullman this weekend to take on the Washington State Cougars (5-1) in a highly anticipated Pac-12 showdown. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST at Martin Stadium and the game will be available on FOX.
Taking a look at the Week 8 college football odds, Oregon opened as a 2-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has moved by two full points after early betting, as the game is currently listed as a pick’em. The total is sitting at 66.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Washington State vs Oregon
Oregon improved to 5-1 on the season last weekend after a thrilling 30-27 overtime victory the #7 ranked Washington Huskies. It looked like the Ducks were going to fall to a last second field goal at the end of the 4th quarter before head coach Mario Cristobal successfully iced Washington kicker Peyton Henry to force overtime. That certainly seemed like it was the turning point in the game, as RB CJ Verdell scored his second touchdown of the game to clinch the victory for Oregon. QB Justin Hebert didn’t have his strongest effort, passing for just 202 yards and two touchdowns. However, Hebert has had a very solid 2018-19 season so far, throwing 17 touchdowns in just six starts while averaging 268.8 passing yards per game. As a whole, Oregon is currently averaging a very impressive 43.0 points per game on 482.8 total yards. They have been especially impressive on the ground, as they are currently averaging 209.5 rushing yards per game (31st).
Things haven’t gone quite as smoothly on the other side of the ball, as the Ducks are currently giving up an average of 24.8 points per game on 361.8 total yards. They have really struggled defending against the pass, as opponents are averaging 239.0 yards through the air per game.
Washington State put on an offensive clinic against Oregon State last weekend, as the Cougars also improved to 5-1 on the season after a 56-37 victory. QB Gardner Minshew was absolutely fantastic, passing for 430 and a season-high five touchdowns to lead the way for the Cougars offensively. Minshew has now thrown for at least 400 yards in four out of his last five games. He had a ton of help from WR Davontavean Martin, who racked up eight catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Beavers. The passing game for Washington State is exceptionally strong, as Minshew and Co. are currently averaging more than 400 yards per game through the air. As a whole, the offense is currently averaging 41.8 points per game on 485.5 total yards.
The Cougars have also looked fairly solid defensively, holding opponents to an average of just 23.8 points per game on 311.2 total yards. They have been one of the best teams in the entire country against the pass, limiting opponents to an average of just 165.5 yards per game through the air (10th overall).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Washington State PK
This should be an explosive offensive battle between two teams that are firing on all cylinders right now. While I’m a little bit concerned how much success the Ducks will have through the air against a tough Washington State passing defense, they still should be able to move the ball on the ground against the 55th overall rushing defense. I’m fully expecting CJ Verdell to have another monster game for the Ducks, especially after the show he put on last week against Washington. However, I still think Washington State has the edge in this spot, especially since they are playing at home. They have been slightly better defensively and also have a perfect 6-0 record ATS so far this season. On the other hand, Oregon is just 3-3 ATS and has really struggled on the road against the Cougars as of late – going 0-4 ATS in their last four trips to Martin Stadium.
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Oregon is also just 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up win. More importantly, they are 0-8 ATS in their last eight meetings with Washington State and 1-4 ATS over their last five road games. Washington State is 5-1 ATS over their last six conference games. They are also 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games.
This line has already moved substantially towards the Cougars, and I’m not entirely certain it has finished just yet. Washington State has owned Oregon as of late, going 11-4 over their last 15 meetings. Oregon currently has the 90th overall passing defense and will likely get torched through the air yet again here in Week 8. There is no way that they can slow down Minshew, who now has 11 touchdown passes in only three conference games. Look for another 400+ yard passing performance from a deadly Washington State aerial attack. I’m taking the Cougars to roll at home.