College Football Pick: Utah vs. Oregon

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:32 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 4:32 PM GMT

The Oregon Ducks have been known to bounce back after suffering a loss, as they prepare to host the Utah Utes Saturday afternoon. Jeff shows us the most profitable NCAAF odds for our sports picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting odds for this Pac-12 Conference matchup at Autzen Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

Check out SBRs NCAAF Week 12 Betting Odds Report

Staying close

Utah has compiled a 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS record during the 2013 campaign, with six of those contests decided by seven points or less (3-3 SU record).

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham has admitted that the locker room is frustrated, but the program still has an opportunity to become bowl eligible with three games remaining on its schedule, including a trip to Washington State and hosting Colorado.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-11 SU and 10-8 ATS as an underdog, with the UNDER going 12-4 in that situation.

Disappointment

Oregon’s national title hopes were likely dashed in suffering its first loss of the season last Thursday, as it looks to bounce back from a 26-20 setback to the Stanford Cardinal as 10-point road favorites, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests.

The Ducks have won and covered the spread in their two opportunities following a Pac-12 loss since 2011, with both games going OVER the total.

Getting after the quarterback

College football handicappers need to realize that the Utes lead the country in averaging 3.67 sacks per game, as they attempt to get after Ducks signal-caller Marcus Mariota, who has been dealing with a knee injury in recent weeks.

Utah has faced the third-toughest schedule in college football thus far, while it possess a major weapon in terms of field position, with sophomore punter Tom Hackett pacing the conference with a 44.3-yard average.

Explosive

The Ducks rank second nationally in scrimmage plays of 20-plus yards, which has played a big part in the program averaging 596.6 yards and 51.7 points per game.

Oregon has compiled a perfect 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS record as a favorite of 21.5 to 31 points since 2011, with the OVER cashing in seven of those 10 opportunities.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Ducks for their college football picks, as the Utes are 0-4 SUATS as road underdogs when allowing 30 or more points versus conference opponents since joining the Pac-12.

College Football Pick:  Oregon Ducks -25

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