No. 3 Oregon will put its BCS title hopes on the line tonight as it faces its most arduous regular season challenge. The Ducks collide with No. 5 Stanford tonight at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California; the game is scheduled to kickoff at 9:00pm ET on ESPN. Thursday College Football Odds from Sportsbook.ag are anticipating an Oregon victory with the Ducks listed as a -11 pick against the spread road favorite. The total in tonight’s Pac 12 showdown is set at 62 points.
No. 3 Oregon Ducks vs No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (+11, Over/Under 62): Oregon looked like an unstoppable force last season, jumping out to a 10-0 start with double digit wins over ranked opponents in Arizona, Washington, and USC. The Ducks offense was averaging 54.8 points per game and had scored over 55 points in five of its 10 games. Oregon’s performance earned it a -18.5 line in its Week 12 home clash with then No. 13 Stanford.
To that point the Cardinal had posted an impressive 8-2 record, but they were 2-2 on the road with losses to Washington and Notre Dame. It seemed a foregone conclusion Oregon would win, the question was by how much. However, the Ducks did not win as Stanford pulled off a 17-14 overtime victory despite turning the ball over three times.
Despite last season’s result and a similar path for both teams entering tonight’s contest, the odds makers and betting public are both expecting an Oregon route. The Ducks are 8-0 and averaging over 55 points per game while the Cardinal are 7-1 with their lone loss being an October 12th showdown with Utah in Salt Lake City.
There is no question Oregon has been the more impressive team, but that was the case last year too. This time Stanford has the home field advantage as well as the knowledge it can slow the Ducks explosive offense. And what exactly has home field meant to the Cardinal? Well, Stanford is 15-0 in its last 15 home games and the Cardinal are 5-1 straight up and 6-0 against the spread in their last six games as a home underdog.
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Oregon vs Stanford Pick Against the Spread: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Oregon Ducks -11 (-110), Over 62 (-110), -430 (Moneyline)
Stanford Cardinal +11 (-110), Under 62 (-110), +340 (Moneyline)