Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (2-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) vs. No. 4 Oregon Ducks (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS)
College Football Week 3
Date/Time: Saturday September 15, 2012. 3:00 p.m. EST.
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon.
by Wilson, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: TT +?/OR -?
Over/Under Total: OFF
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The Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 4 in the top 25 for a reasonthey are good at winning football gamesand they have pretty decent talent. The Ducks have put up 99 points in their first two games. They have a redshirt freshman quarterback who is getting more confident with each snap but it is also the Ducks running game that can be lethal for other defenses. Once the Ducks get both the pass and run flowing (which is nearly there) BCS options will likely be in the future.
Tennessee Tech is also 2-0 this season and they too have put points on the board with a total of 83 through week two. Although Tennessee Tech is clearly out of Oregons league they look pretty good on paper. They had over 500 yards total offense after last weeks matchup but will that make a difference inside Autzen Stadium? Probably not.
Oregons yardage on offense is thanks to their dynamic running back Kenjon Barner who rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns last week versus Fresno State in a lopsided 42-25 victory. Redshirt freshman QB Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. Those are pretty good numbers for a young guy even if hes playing against a weaker opponent. This redshirt is solid as he put up 200 yards passing in week one. Tennessee Tech will have their work cut out for them if they plan on getting out of Eugene with their heads up.
The key for Tennessee Tech will be if there defense can slow down the Ducks high powered offense even a little bit. With rushing weapons like Barner lurking in the backfield coupled with the electric play of redshirt QB Mariota it will be a long reality-check of a day for Tennessee Tech players and fans. The boys in Vegas have yet to establish this line but I would guess it is significantly favoring the Ducksya think?
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Oregon is 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games at home as a favorite of 10.5 or greater but you can throw out all those numbers as Tenn. Tech is by far the weakest opponent that the Ducks have faced in quite some time.
The Golden Eagles from Tennessee Tech are beyond outclassed here. They have put up a lot of points, but despite having senior leadership behind QB Tre Lamb who passed for 274 yards last week and senior running back, Adam Urbano who rushed for 122 yards, the team simply won’t have an answer for the Ducks.
Defensively the Golden Eagles have forced three turnovers and are lead by DB Will Johnson who lead the team last week with 13 tackles and forced a fumble. But will it be enough for the Golden Eagles as they take on the No. 4 team in the nation? NO. Tenn. Tech beating up on the the likes of Hampton and North Greenville (is that a community college?) means absolutely nothing.
The Ducks have shown the willingness to take their foot off the pedal when stomping the dayights out of a lesser opponent. The problem with that theory on Saturday though, is that even Oregon’s 3rd team offense/defense is head and shoulders above Tennessee Tech’s starters.
Wilson’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: There is no line at time of print. I’m predicting the final score to be Oregon 70, Tennessee Tech 10. Luck to ya.
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