the Washington State Cougars house the oregon ducks in a highly anticipated Week 4 college football matchup on FOX.
The undefeated Cougars easily handled Colorado State in Week 3, defeating the Rams 38-7. The Ducks have bounced back nicely since their Week 1 loss to Georgia. Oregon seemed especially unstoppable when they defeated BYU last week 41-20.
Will the Ducks improve to three wins on the season? Or will the Cougars remain undefeated after taking on their Pac-12 foes?
Here you will find everything you need from a betting perspective on the game between Oregon and Washington State from point spread, money line, total over/under and expert selection (odds via fox bet).
No. 15 Oregon @ Washington state (4 p.m. ET, Saturday, FOX)
Point difference: Oregon -7 (Oregon is a 7+ point favorite to win, otherwise covers Washington State)
money line: Oregon -255 favorite to win (bet $10 to win a total of $13.92); Washington State +205 loser to win (bet $10 to win $30.50 total)
Total score over/under: 57.5 points scored by both teams combined
Choose through FOX Sports Analyst Geoff Schwartz:
A surprisingly good Washington State Cougar (3-0) team hosts the Oregon Ducks this weekend. The Ducks are fresh off a dominant upset victory over BYU Last weekend. As any fan of Oregon knows, a trip to Pullman is never easy. The Cougars have only lost six home games since 2015 because weird things happen on the Palouse football field.
Despite all this, I’m going with my Ducks to cover the game.
Oregon has a new coaching staff, and what we saw in the win over BYU on Saturday is something our fans, including myself, have been waiting to see for years. Oregon recruiting has skyrocketed, so a more talented football team is now expected to dominate a team with less speed and size. But that was rarely the case in Eugene over the past four seasons.
Last season, Oregon needed a late touchdown to beat ash tree. the one win arizona wildcats they were down five points entering the fourth quarter. the five victories lime bears they were driving for a game-tying touchdown before being denied.
This trend of barely beating the teams they’re supposed to be beating seems to have stopped under new coach Dan Lanning. Oregon scored nine consecutive touchdowns against Eastern Washington in Week 2. And then last weekend, once the Ducks rallied 38-7 over BYU, they were able to pull out some headlines. Oregon is a more talented team than BYU. Ducks are bigger, stronger, faster and faster. And they played with their talent. They dominated. Oregon is also a more talented team than Washington State.
Even though I to have has been impressed with Washington State head coach Jake Dickert. After nearly leading the Cougars to a share of the Pac-12 North title last season as interim coach, he was given the permanent job shortly after the season. Dickert’s Cougars play well above his talent level, especially on defense. They are an attacking unit that plays with relentless energy. Directed by stone rum jr, brennan jackson Y daiyan henley, this Cougar pass rush ranks seventh in havoc rate. However, they are playing an Oregon offensive line that hasn’t allowed a sack this season, including a game against Georgia.
Oregon’s running game ranks sixth in rushing success, and they will absolutely rely on this to win on Saturday. They will try to dominate in the trenches, and I have no evidence to make me believe they won’t.
Oregon quarterback bo nix he’s played efficient football for the most part, but there’s always a chance of Bad Bo Nix showing up. Oregon hasn’t generated explosive passing plays at a high rate, and if Washington State can pressure and keep Oregon’s talented receivers in front of them, they can try to force Nix into mistakes. That’s the way to stop the Oregon offensive.
Where Washington State can cover and win this game is with their offense. Field Marshal transferred from the Incarnate Word cam room has improved steadily throughout the season, but the offense still struggles to put points on the board. They are ranked 80th in points per unit, including two games against Idaho Y colorado state. However, the lack of pressure on Oregon’s quarterbacks could give Ward plenty of time to analyze the downside of that secondary. Washington State pushed the ball down the field more last weekend against Colorado State, but Ward still ranks 123rd in passing yards per attempt. Oregon struggled with the tackles in Week 1, but since then, the Ducks have excelled. If the Cougars try to pickle their passing game on Saturday, Oregon will shut it down.
Ducks have the best team. They have better players. They’re playing with confidence and should use their size and speed to eventually overwhelm the Cougars on Saturday.
I’ll say it again. I’ll take the ducks to cover.
TO CHOOSE: Oregon (-7 at FOX Bet) wins by more than 7 points
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