No. 11 Oregon will not be participating in the College Football Playoff, so the attention turns to defeating rival Oregon State and securing a spot in the Pac-12 title game. The Ducks must find a way to regroup after a demoralizing 38-7 loss at No. 19 Utah last week that also made them a loser in the college football odds.
|Oregon State||+7 (-110)||+235||60½ (-110o)|
|Oregon||-7 (-110)||-275||60½ (-110u)|
Oregon State scored a touchdown with 33 seconds left to defeat Oregon 41-38 last season as a 13-point underdog in the college football spreads. The Beavers have covered two straight in the series, losing 24-10 in 2019 as a 20½-point dog. That game marked the only one in the last five when the line came into play. The Ducks won and covered as the favorite in the previous two meetings. The total is 2-2-1 in the last five.
Oregon State Beavers
Next game: TBD
Oregon State was a three-point underdog in a 24-10 triumph over Arizona State that kept its Pac-12 North Division title hopes alive. The Beavers built a 17-0 lead and coasted to their second straight triumph against the spread. The total of 59 was never approached.
Linebacker Avery Roberts and defensive end Cody Anderson are questionable. Roberts, who leads the Pac-12 in tackles, sustained an ankle injury against Arizona State. Anderson did not suit up against the Sun Devils after sustaining a back injury during practice last week.
Next game: TBD
Oregon never looked good as a 3½-point underdog in its devastating loss at Utah. The crushing blow was allowing a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half to make it 28-0. The total of 58 was never seriously threatened with the Ducks trailing 35-7 after three quarters and the outcome decided.
Senior wide receivers Johnny Johnson III (foot) and Jaylon Redd (undisclosed) did not play against Utah and are out for the season. The duo combined for 31 touchdowns in their careers. The wide receiving corps took another blow when Mycah Pittman left the team and will transfer.
Offensive lineman Ryan Walk will also miss the Oregon State game. The junior sustained a knee injury against Washington on Nov. 6 and hasn’t played since. There is some good news, though, as sophomore safety Verone McKinley III is expected to see action after exiting the Utah game with an arm injury.
Betting on the Game
It is always hard to read a team after a crushing loss, but Oregon still has a lot to play for. As does Oregon State, but the Beavers’ Pac-12 title hopes could be over before this one starts.
The Ducks claim the Pac-12 North, and get a rematch against South champion Utah, with a victory. The Beavers need a win, plus a Washington State loss at Washington in the Apple Cup on Friday, to become the North champion and participate in the Pac-12 title game for the first time.
There has been some movement in the numbers, but nothing significant. The spread has bounced back and forth from 6½ while the total has dipped from 61½ in the Las Vegas odds, perhaps because there is precipitation in the forecast.
Oregon State has won its last two ATS with both contests staying under by a combined 42 points. The Oregon-Utah game fell 13 points below the total. The Beavers have risen their level of play against teams with a winning record, claiming six straight ATS against such foes. Meanwhile, the Ducks are 1-6 in their last seven ATS at home. When betting online, a play on the underdog would be more appealing if Washington upsets the Apple cart Friday.