PAC–12 Week 6 NCAAF Odds & Picks feature Arizona at No. 2 OregonJosh Bailey
The Arizona Wildcats and the No. 2 Oregon Ducks will throw down on Thursday night after both teams had 12 days off. This Pac-12 Week 6 NCAAF betting matchup of unbeaten ballclubs that will undoubtedly have postseason implications for both teams.
However the Ducks will have revenge on their minds. Last season in Tuscon the Wildcats beat down the Ducks 42-16, spoiling all of Oregon’s hopes of a Pac-12 conference title and reaching a fifth consecutive BCS game.
On Thursday, the Wildcats will travel to Autzen Stadium for a 10:30pm EST matchup on ESPN against the second-ranked Oregon Ducks.
Arizona at No. 2 Oregon
When: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
Kickoff: 10:30 PM ET
Spread: Oregon -22.5
Total: so high ALL college football oddsmakers are afraid
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Arizona has used a shock & awe offense to get off to a perfect 4-0 record and enters this contest coming off a bye week following their thrilling 49-45 shootout win against California in Week 4. Unfortunately, the Wildcats failed to cover the spread as an 8-point home against the Golden Bears favorite to fall to a dismal 0-3 ATS over their last three games.
Arizona is ranked fifth in the nation in offense (593.8 ypg) and seventh in passing (365.8 ypg) and has gotten a ton of outstanding contributions from many of its skill position players, starting with gifted quarterback Anu Solomon.
— Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) September 29, 2014
The Wildcats’ freshman signal-caller has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 1,454 yards with 13 TD passes and just three interceptions. The Wildcats are averaging a whopping 42.0 points per game, good for 17th in the country.
Oregon is also coming off a bye after squeaking past Washington State 38-31 two weeks ago, though the Ducks never came close to covering the spread as a whopping 21.5-point road favorite to fall to a disappointing 1-3 ATS on the season.
“Some people use it (revenge) as a motivating factor,” quarterback Marcus Mariota said of last year’s outcome. “For us it’s just another game.”
The second-ranked Ducks are 10th in the nation in offense (555.2 ypg) and a stellar fourth in scoring (48.5 ppg) while also ranking 43rd in points allowed (21.2).
Junior quarterback Marcus Mariota is playing outstanding football and is the leading candidate to win this year’s Heisman Trophy award. Mariota has completed an incendiary 74.0 percent of his passes for 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions.
— Nike Football (@usnikefootball) September 30, 2014
Oregon will however, have to play far better on defense than they did in allowing the Cougars to rack up a whopping 499 total yards in their pac-12 showdown two weeks ago, including 436 yards through the air.
“They do a great job spreading the field, and run the read option,” Oregon safety Reggie Daniels said. "We’ve got to make sure we stay focused on our keys and not look into the backfield and let anybody fool us.
“We have to confuse (Solomon) with disguises and stuff. We’ve got to pretty much stop the read option, and get on those quick passes, and we should be good.”
Analysis: It’s nice that Oregon is playing at home in this contest, but I still don’t see them beating a very good Arizona team by nearly four touchdowns.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six games in the month of October while the Ducks are just 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games as home favorites.
Arizona also recorded a mind-boggling 42-16 blowout win over Oregon last season to cash in and improve to 6-3 ATS in the last nine meetings against their Pac-12 rivals. I say, keep it simple and back the Arizona Wildcats to cover the spread in a losing effort.
My PAC-12 Week 6 NCAAF Odds & Pick: Arizona Wildcats +23.5 Points