Based on the Oregon vs. Florida State Rose Bowl opening betting odds, football fans should expect to see Oregon in the National Championship Game on January 12.
Oregon opened as a more than solid -7 point favorite against Florida State this past Sunday once the semifinals were announced. The line has gone all the way up to Oregon -8.5. Is Oregon really that much better than Florida State?
No. 2 Oregon Ducks vs No. 3 Florida State
Date: Jan. 01, 2015
Start Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: Pasadena California
Stadium: Rose Bowl
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Oregon Vs Florida State
Point Spread: Ducks -7.5
Game Total: 71
Analyzing The Oregon Vs Florida State Rose Bowl Betting Odds
The Ducks have been on an absolute roll since a 24 to 31 straight up defeat to Arizona way back on Oct. 2. Since the loss, Oregon has won 8 straight games. One of the victories was a 51 to 13 beat down that Oregon put onto Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship.
The most startling thing about Oregon’s 8 game winning streak isn’t that the Ducks have covered in all 8 games even though they’ve faced huge point spreads, it’s the fact that the Ducks have scored 40 points or more in every single one of the 8 games.
— Oregon Football (@WinTheDay) December 7, 2014
That’s what happens when your best player is also your quarterback. Marcus Mariota has been as good as any college football player that has stepped onto the field in possibly the past 20 years. His numbers are absolutely phenomenal. For his career, Mariota has thrown for 10,125 yards. He has a TD to interception ratio of 101 to 12. His TD to interception ratio this season is 38 to 2. Mariota has also rushed for 2136 yards and he’s scored 28 touchdowns, including 14 this season, with his feet.
Mariota leads an offense that averages 46.3 points from 545.5 total yards. How can Florida State’s defense, which gave up 35 points and 465 yards to Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship, possibly stop the absolute best offense that college football has seen in possibly all of its history? It can’t.
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 8, 2014
Florida State’s only shot at keeping this one close is to score with Oregon. When Jameis Winston’s head is right, and it may or may not be depending on if the judge in Winston’s recently concluded conduct hearing makes a decision before this game, he has the ability to put up Mariota like numbers for an offense that averages close to 35 points and close to 435 yards per game. But Winston faces a defense that has shut down teams recently. Colorado could muster only 10 points, Oregon State could score only 19 and Arizona could score only 13.
All of the trends points to an Oregon blow out since Florida State is 3 and 10 against the spread this season. The Seminoles are also 1 and 4 against the spread in their last 5 games overall and they have to travel across the country to go to Pasadena while the Ducks just have to take a quick flight down the Pacific Coast line.
— Seminoles Athletics (@Seminoles_com) December 8, 2014
Oregon is the better team. The Ducks have been on a mission since the Arizona loss. Mariota is playing better than any player in the nation and the defense has finally come together. Oregon should dominate Florida State in the Rose Bowl on January 1.