The Pac-12 returns with Stanford vs OregonOregon Ducks: Oregon is the highest rated team in the Pac-12 going into the season. They enter their first game on Saturday as the #12 ranked team in the nation without having played a single snap. The only other ranked team in the Pac-12 as of right now is USC at #20. The Ducks ended their season on a high note last year with three straight wins capped off by a 28-27 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Oregon’s star Quarterback Justin Herbert had three touchdowns in that game, but he won’t be under center for the Ducks on Saturday because he is now playing his games on Sundays for the LA Chargers and getting his NFL career off to a great start. The Ducks have yet to announce who will be taking the snaps at QB on Saturday, but the competition is down to Tyler Shough and Anthony Brown with Shough as the current favorite. In addition to losing Justin Herbert, many of the Ducks star players from last season have opted out of this season due to COVID-19. Making it even harder for whoever starts under center, the Ducks offensive line will be without their star offensive tackle who Penei Sewell who opted out due to COVID. On the defensive side of the ball the ducks lost three key defensive backs Brady Breeze, Thomas Graham Jr., and Jevon Holland to COVID-19 opt outs. This will without a doubt hurt the Ducks chances of winning the Pac-12 this year.
Stanford vs Oregon ATS Pick and Preview
Stanford Cardinal: Stanford ended their season last year in the opposite fashion. They lost four straight games and only had a total of four wins the entire season. However, the Stanford Cardinal have a new look on offense that could potentially pose a big threat to the depleted Oregon defense. They have a new quarterback in David Mills who is a former five-star recruit. Mills has plenty of weapons at his disposal too. He can hand the ball off to Austin Jones or throw it down to the field to one of the best wide receiving corps in the Pac-12 last season. Wide Receivers Michael Wilson, Colby Parkinson, and Simi Fehoko combined for 1,827 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Without the help of Breeze, Graham Jr., and Holland, this Stanford offense could seriously challenge the Ducks defense on Saturday.
The Pick: There is too much uncertainty at the start of this season for me to feel confident betting a spread this large. And with the combination of Oregon’s depleted defense and Stanford’s potential on offense. I am going to feel much safer with my money on the Stanford Cardinal +10.5 Saturday night.
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