Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal: Preview and Pick
7 Replies | 759 ViewsOn 11/03/2013 09:04 AM in NCAA Football
The Oregon Ducks are one of the best teams in all of college football and they sit high above the rest of the world when it comes to the BCS rankings. They dominated the UCLA Bruins in what was supposed to be a close game, and now they will face another team that is supposed to challenge on Thursday when they take on the Stanford Cardinal.
Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal Odds
The college football odds for this game have the Ducks as the favorite although they are playing on the road in a hostile environment. The Ducks are currently listed as (-8.5) point favorites and that line may shift due to public betting. Make sure to check the latest point spread at your favorite top rated sportsbook.
The first of the 76 times these teams played, Oregon didn't fly to the Bay Area, not to save money but because it was three years before the Wright Brothers pioneered air travel. Yet it's only over the last few seasons that Ducks-Cardinal has taken on significance outside the Pacific time zone. Two years ago running back LaMichael James went off in a 53-30 Oregon upset, knocking Stanford out of the national title hunt. Last season the Ducks were on a glide pattern to the BCS championship game until Stanford stunned them in overtime 17-14.
Even as the stakes have risen, the animosity between the teams and their fan bases has yet to achieve liftoff. That could all change this Thursday in what will be the biggest game of the season for Stanford.
The college football betting trends for this game reveal that this could be a high scoring game with the underdog a real threat to win. Oregon is 4-1 straight up in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Stanford and Oregon is 5-0 straight up in its last 5 games on the road. Stanford is 2-9 straight up in its last 11 games when playing Oregon and 3-8 against the spread (ATS) in its last 11 games when playing Oregon. The total has gone over in 7 of Oregon's last 8 games when playing Stanford and the total has gone over in 5 of Oregon's last 6 games on the road. Stanford is 15-1 straight up in its last 16 games and could provide the only real challenge for the Ducks this season.
Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.