Pac 12 Gambling?
Washington State (3-4) heads south this Saturday to play 7th ranked Oregon (7-0) and the Ducks are HUGE 36.5-favorites in this Pac 12 match up.
36.5 points is a massive spread, but it is not hard to see why the oddsmakers put it so high, as the game is in Oregon, WSU has lost their last 3 games, and Oregon ranks 4th in the nation in rushing yards per game.
Oh yeah, on top of that the Ducks are the 4th highest scoring team in the nation.
Here are 5 reasons why WSU will not cover the spread against Oregon.
1. WSU will not be able to stop the run – WSU has the nation’s 52nd ranked rushing defense, which is not bad, but in their last 3 games they have given up almost 500 rushing yards.
On top of that the Ducks have racked up a ton of rushing yards in the last few games.
2. No James, no problem – When LaMichael James suffered his elbow injury the Ducks did not skip a beat, as backup Kenjon Barner has rushed for 171 yards and 115 yards, in limited action, in his 2 games since taking over for James.
James may not play again, but it does not matter, who is in the backfield, as WSU will give up a ton of yards on the ground.
3. History will repeat itself – Last season in Pullman the Ducks won by 25 points and they have won 4 straight match ups facing the Cougars.
4. The Ducks will fly – Oregon does not have a great passing offense and they may be without starter Darron Thomas, but his backup Bryan Bennett has played well.
The WSU pass defense is one of the worst in the nation and has given up an average of 356 passing yards in their last 2 games.
5. WSU does not have a well-balanced offense – While the Cougars have a legit passing offense their rushing offense has struggled this season.
Oregon has had issues in the secondary, but they will play well this game and not allow the Cougars to put up a lot of points while Oregon is averaging 48.1 ppg and will light up the scoreboard.