No. 2 Oregon Ducks (5-0 SU, 5-0 ATS) vs. No. 16 Washington Huskies (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS)
College Football Week 7
Date and Time: October 12, 2013 4:00 p.m. EST.
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA.
TV: FOX Sports 1
by Wilson, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: OR -12.5/UW +12.5
Over/Under Total: TBA
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The Washington Huskies are licking their chops after nearly upsetting the Stanford
Cardinal in Palo Alto last weekend. UW fans will argue against some questionable
calls by the refs but in the end the Huskies should not have been in a situation
where the refs pretty much decided their fate-bottom line-the Huskies need
to clean up the penalties and make some adjustments on special teams if
they want any chance to knock-off the No. 2 Oregon Ducks
in Seattle this Saturday. The Huskies did cover the 7.5 that most books
were giving them so that is a positive mark for all you bettors who picked
the dogs to at least earn you some coin. However, the Oregon Ducks are arguably
even more talented than No. 5 Stanford. All Oregon has done is score 55
points or more in every single one of their games this season. They are
super-fast and super good!
The LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) posted No. 2 Oregon -10 at No. 16 Washington. After a respectful loss at Stanford the Washington Huskies did not drop too far in the polls and also are getting a decent line at home if not too many points especially if they address their penalties and break-downs on special teams. Oh, and the Huskies will have yet another incentive to play well at home; ESPN’s College GameDay visits Seattle and Husky Stadium for the very first time! The Huskies are 0-3 when featured on College GameDay but those losses have all been on the road (1998 55-7 L @ No.2 Nebraska, 2002 31-29 L @ No. 13 Michigan, and 2003 28-9 L @ No. 3 Ohio State). Perhaps Washington will turn things around with a W this week on National TV and reacquaint the masses with the new and improved Husky football program and the 20 million dollar remodel of Husky Stadium. Oregon on the other hand has been featured on College GameDay 16 times especially over the last three years (10 times for a 6-4 record) as they have been a dominate football program often ranked in the top 10 or higher of both the AP and coaches voting.
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Offensively these teams have the ability to score a lot of points but it is Oregon that puts up almost 20 points more per game than the Huskies do. UW has scored 30 points or more in all their contests while the Ducks have cranked out 55 or more in every game. UW QB, Keith Price is somewhat comparable to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota when it comes to mobility and rushing for significant yardage but Mariota is surrounded by more talent. Price was 33 of 48 for 350 yards, two TDs and one INT all of that with several dropped passes and errors for penalties which could have and probably would have given the Huskies a chance to beat No. 5 Stanford. But, you can’t make too many mistakes against great teams or they will make you pay as the Cardinal definitely took advantage of the Husky’s errors. Oregon RB De ‘Anthony Thomas was out last week with an ankle and is still questionable this week in Seattle. Oregon is so deep and talented they really didn’t miss a beat without Thomas but he is good for 8 yards per carry so the Ducks will look forward to his return soon.
This will be a great Pac-12 matchup at Husky Stadium as the Huskies seem to play well at home and are traditionally no pushover to highly ranked teams. A lot of “experts” are leaning toward a potential upset in Seattle this weekend and it’s not going to be the Seahawk’s going down but rather the Duck’s first loss of the season to their longtime conference rival UW! All the Huskies have to do is play a perfect game, make zero mistakes, and somehow continually pressure Duck QB Mariota-easy enough? I took the Huskies to cover last week and they did; this week they are getting even more points (+10) I am taking them to cover again! If nothing else this game will a dynamic display of fancy team helmets; can we bet on which helmets shine better on TV?
UW cleans up their special teams and stays sharp on the line to cut mental mistakes on their way to shake up college football and upset the mighty Ducks in Seattle! The Huskies win in a barn burner 45-42. Luck to ya.
Wilson’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Huskies cover. Luck to ya.
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