The Washington State Cougars the owner Oregon ducks in the highly anticipated Week 4 college football game on FOX.
The undefeated Cougars made it easy State of Colorado in Week 3, beating the Rams 38-7. The Ducks bounced back well from their Week 1 loss Georgia. Oregon looked especially unstoppable when they turned it over BYU last week 41-20.
Can the Ducks make it three wins on the season? Will the Cougars remain undefeated after facing their Pac-12 foes?
Here’s everything you need in terms of betting on the Oregon vs. Washington State game, from the point spread, money line, over/under total and expert picks (odds via Bet FOX).
No. 15 Oregon @ Washington State (4 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX)
Point Spread: Oregon -7 (Oregon is favored to win by more than 7 points, otherwise covers Washington State)
Cash line: Oregon is a -255 favorite to win (bet $10 to win $13.92 total); Washington State is a +205 underdog to win (bet $10 to win $30.50)
Total points over/under: Both teams together scored 57.5 points
Pick via FOX Sports Analyst Jeff Schwartz:
The 3-0 Washington State Cougars host the Oregon Ducks this weekend. The Ducks just got a dominant win BYU last weekend. As any Oregon fan knows, a trip to Pullman is never easy. The Cougars have lost just six home games since 2015 because strange things happen on the football field in the Palouse.
Despite all that, I’m going to cover the game with my Ducks.
Oregon has a new coaching staff, and what we saw in Saturday’s win over BYU is what our fans, myself included, have been waiting for for years. Oregon State’s recruiting has skyrocketed, so now the expectation is that a more talented football team must dominate a team with less speed and size. But that rarely happened in Eugene over the past four seasons.
Last season, Oregon needed a late touchdown to win Fresno. The only victory Arizona Wildcats down five points early in the fourth quarter. Five victories Cal Beers were driving for a game-tying touchdown before being called off.
That trend of barely beating the teams they should be beating seems to have stopped under new coach Dan Lanning. Oregon has scored nine straight touchdowns vs Eastern Washington in the 2nd week. And then last weekend, once the Ducks went 38-7 over BYU, they were able to make some starters. Oregon is a more talented team than BYU. Ducks are bigger, stronger, faster and faster. And they played on their talent. They dominated. Oregon is also a more talented team than Washington State.
Although, I to have was impressed by 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 landed the permanent gig shortly after the season. Dickert’s Cougars are playing way above their talent, especially on defense. They are an attacking unit that plays with relentless energy. Led by Ron Stone Jr, Brennan Jackson and Diane Henley, this Cougar Pass gust ranks 7th in terms of chaos. However, they are playing against an Oregon offensive line that has not allowed a sack this season, including a game against Georgia.
Oregon’s rushing attack is 6th in rushing and they will rely heavily on that to win on Saturday. They will try to dominate in the trenches and I have no evidence that makes me believe they won’t.
Oregon quarterback Because Nix mostly played efficient football, but there’s always the chance of Bad Bo Nicks showing up. Oregon hasn’t produced an explosive pass rush, and if Washington State can apply pressure and keep Oregon’s talented receivers in front of them, they can try to force the Knicks into mistakes. That’s the way to stop Oregon’s offense.
What Washington State can cover and win this game is on offense. Word transfer defender incarnate Cam Ward has steadily improved throughout the season, but the offense still has trouble putting points on the scoreboard. They rank 80th in points per drive, including two games against Idaho and State of Colorado. Still, Oregon’s lack of a pass rush could give Ward plenty of time to pick apart the bad part of that secondary. Washington State pushed the ball more downfield last weekend against Colorado State, but Ward still ranks 123rd in air yards per attempt. Oregon struggled rebounding in Week 1, but the Ducks have been excellent since then. If the Cougars try to get their passing game together on Saturday, Oregon State will shut it down.
The Ducks have the better team. They have the best players. They are playing with confidence and must use their size and speed to eventually beat the Cougars on Saturday.
I’ll say it again. I’ll take the Ducks for cover.
CHOICE: Oregon (-7 at FOX Bet) to win by more than 7 points
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