College Football Picks: Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies

Jeff Grant

Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:43 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the college football Week 7 odds page for this Pac-12 Conference showdown at Husky Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

The Oregon Ducks have absolutely dominated the Washington Huskies in recent years, but things may change inside a newly-renovated stadium Saturday.

Perfection

Oregon has compiled a perfect 5-0 SUATS through five games this season, which includes a 57-16 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes as 38-point road favorites last Saturday. 

The Ducks have a nine-game winning streak against the Huskies—capturing those games by an average of 25.8 points.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 9-0 SUATS as road favorites, with the OVER going 6-3 in that situation.

Unfortunate loss

Washington suffered its first loss of the 2013 campaign last week, as it looks to bounce back from a 31-28 defeat to the Stanford Cardinal as nine-point betting odds underdogs—despite winning the statistical battle by 210 yards. 

The Huskies will be playing in front of a raucous student body in this affair, considering ESPN’s College GameDay is making its first visit to the campus.

Road warriors 

College football handicappers will find that the Ducks have the nation’s longest road winning streak at 17 games, with its last loss in that situation coming on Nov. 7, 2009. 

Oregon has also managed to compiled a 15-6 SU record against Top 25 opponents since first-year head coach Mark Helfrich joined the program as an assistant.

Sustaining drives 

The Huskies have had only six of their 65 drives resulting in three-and-outs this season, which is a key statistic in trying to keep the ball away from arguably the nation’s best offense on the other side of the field.

Washington has one of the more dynamic offensive duos in the Pac-12, with quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey, which allows head coach Steve Sarkisian to maintain balance in terms of play calling.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Huskies for their college football picks, as they’ve covered eight of their last 11 opportunities versus unblemished teams when playing such a matchup from the sixth game out on their schedule.

College Football Pick: Washington Huskies +13.5