The #25 overall Washington Huskies (5-2) host the #12 overall Oregon Ducks (5-1) this weekend for a PAC 12 clash in Seattle. Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on October 19th at Husky Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ABC.
Taking a look at the Week 8 college football odds, Oregon opened as a 2.5-point road favorite earlier this week. That spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as the Ducks are currently listed at -3. The total for the game is sitting at 50.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Washington vs Oregon
Oregon has now won five straight games following their heartbreaking Week 1 loss against Auburn, as they crushed Colorado 45-3 last Friday to improve to 5-1 on the season overall. The Ducks took a commanding 24-3 lead into the locker room at halftime and never looked back, completely shutting out the Buffaloes on offense the rest of the way. QB Justin Hebert went 18/32 for 261 yards and two touchdowns through the air while CJ Verdell exploded on the ground for 171 rushing yards on only 14 carries. Jaylon Redd and Jacob Breeland led the way for the receiving corps, combining for 128 yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, Oregon generated well over 500 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns in their blowout victory.
The Ducks defense was outstanding against Colorado, holding the Buffaloes to just over 300 total yards of offense and allowing only a single field goal all game long. Oregon was especially solid defending against the pass, as they forced a season-high four interceptions in a single game while giving up only 131 yards through the air.
Washington rebounded nicely after a disappointing 23-13 loss against Stanford back in Week 6, as they dismantled Arizona 51-27 on the road last weekend to improve to 5-2 on the season overall. The Huskies actually trailed 17-13 at the half before kicking it into overdrive over the final two quarters, scoring 38 points over the final 30 minutes of the game en route to a double-digit victory. QB Jacob Eason went 15/22 for 243 yards and two touchdowns while Salvon Ahmed rushed for 95 yards and three scores on the ground. Aaron Fuller also found the end zone on one of his four catches for 60 yards. Overall, Washington racked up over 450 total yards of offense and scored five touchdowns against a shell-shocked Wildcats defense.
The Huskies defense had a fairly average outing against Arizona, giving up over 350 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. However, Washington was really able to buckle down defensively over the final two quarters, giving up just ten points total down the stretch.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Oregon -3
This is shaping up to be one of the best games on the entire schedule here in Week 8, as both of these PAC 12 rivals are currently ranked inside of the AP Top 25 teams nationwide. I’m fully expecting this to be a close matchup that could easily come right down to the wire, as both schools have been well above average on both sides of the ball through the first seven weeks of the season. As long as Oregon doesn’t jump up to -3.5, I think the Ducks offer the best value in this particular spot. They have been slightly more consistent than Washington up to this point of the season, as they easily could be 6-0 overall if not for a second half collapse against Auburn to open the year. The Huskies have certainly been impressive in their own right, but their losses against both Stanford and Cal definitley sound some alarm bells heading into this battle with the #12 overall team in the entire country right now.
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It is also quite interesting to see how differently these two PAC 12 squads have fared against the same opponent this year. While Washington lost to Cal by a single point, Oregon was able to beat the Golden Bears by double-digits back in Week 6. The Ducks have also owned this matchup as of late, going an extremely impressive 12-2-1 against the spread over their last 15 meetings with Washington. Oregon has also held their own at Husky Stadium, going 5-1 ATS in their last six visits. Even if this game does stay close until late in the fourth quarter, I like the Ducks to grind out a tough road win here in Week 8 to solidify their spot atop the Pac 12 North standings. I’ll lay the field goal and roll with the slight road favorite – give me Oregon to cover!