The offensive powerhouse #4 University of Oregon Ducks invites the Bulldogs into Autzen Stadium. Will the Ducks simply pulverize Fresno State? Or can the bulldogs hang on long enough to cover the spread against the Rose Bowl Champs?
Fresno State vs. Oregon
looks to build off of their Week 1 blowout win, as they welcome in Fresno State
for a Week 2 battle. While the Ducks’ early season schedule isn’t that
difficult, the spreads that sportsbooks are giving them are. Oregon failed to
cover in Week 1, and now college football odds favor Oregon by a large, -35
State comes in 1-0 after they dismantled Weber State 37-10. However, the
Bulldogs face a tough task. Oregon has beaten them six times in a row, and
Oregon has not lost to an unranked team in years. Even though Fresno is no
pushover, the Ducks are still the #4 ranked team in the country, and their new
look offense looked solid.
Ducks in a row
quarterback, Marcus Mariota looked solid in his first college start against
Arkansas State. Mariota was 18-22 for 200 yards, three touchdowns and no
interceptions. Senior running back Kenjon Barber had a solid game as well
before he was taken out. Barber had 66 yards on 9 carries and two touchdowns.
The Ducks led 50-3 at one point, and Chip Kelley took out his starters after a
half. The Red Wolves went on to score 24 second half points.
State will undoubtedly be a tougher matchup, but the Ducks should still win
this game by multiple touchdowns. Oregon may have lost their Heisman caliber
running back from 2011, but Barber will fill the void nicely, and if Mariota
can continue to play well, Oregon has a solid chance at a BCS Title.
Bulldogs in tough fight
that bothers me a little about NCAA Football, is the first couple weeks of game play. Big time college teams
pad their beginning schedule with soft non-conference games that serve no more
than a launching pad. Hopefully, if we get into the playoff system, this will
change. Until then, we will have to see the Fresno States and Arkansas States
get blown out by the Oregons of the country. Oregon also plays Tennessee Tech
though the Bulldogs will most likely get hammered with a decisive loss, Fresno
State has a great shot at covering the spread in this game (much like the Red
Wolves did last week). After Oregon got a 50-3 lead in the second quarter, Chip
Kelley pulled his starters. This could very well happen again in this game.
Oregon is contending for a BCS title shot and they won’t want to get their
principle players hurt while playing against inferior opponents.
The Sharp Pick
is only 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven home games. However, they are 15-1 SU in
their last 16 home games. The last six times these two teams have met, Fresno State
has lost all of them. However, they are 3-3 ATS in those three games and
average spread of those games was only a fraction of the -35 it is now.
has covered three in a row against the Bulldogs, which included one away game
at Fresno back in September 2006. I think the Ducks will pull their starters
sometime in the second half of this game, and I see the Bulldogs getting a back
Free College Football pick: Take the Fresno State Bulldogs to cover +35