College Football Week 2 Odds - Back Oregon & 'Over' In Late Game Saturday vs. Virginia

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Matthew Jordan

Saturday, September 10, 2016 6:55 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 10, 2016 6:55 PM GMT

The latest game between Power 5 schools on the schedule this Saturday has Virginia at No. 24 Oregon with a 10:30 p.m. ET start from Autzen Stadium and on ESPN. The Ducks are -24 on BetDSI college football odds with a total of 70.5.

Few Bright Spots From Cavs' Loss
The University of Virginia fired/forced out coach Mike  London last November after a 4-8 record in 2015 left the Cavaliers with a 27-46 record in London's six years. He was a very successful head coach from 2008-09 at Richmond,  leading the Spiders to the FCS national championship in his first season. More on Richmond in a minute.

Virginia was lauded for being able to lure BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall to replace London. Mendenhall went 99-43 in 11 seasons at BYU, reaching a bowl game every year and winning two Mountain West titles before the school became an independent in 2011. One reason why it was such a surprise that Mendenhall took the Virginia job was that he had never coached in any capacity east of the Mississippi River.

Mendenhall was one of 29 new  head coaches in the FBS this season and none had a worse debut than he did as Virginia was embarrassed at home by little brother Richmond, 37-20. The Wahoos were outgained by 222 yards, allowing Richmond 524 yards of offense. Virginia turned it over four times (leading to 17 Richmond points), was 2-for-10 on third down, held the ball just 20:14 and had all of 38 yards rushing on 21 carries. It was Virginia's first loss to an FCS team since 2009 and the second-largest loss by a Power 5 team to an FCS opponent in the last 10 years. There's just no sugar-coating that defeat. Richmond had beaten Virginia just twice in 32 previous meetings. Mendenhall, who runs the defense, said he  “overshot” his expectation of how much had been mastered by the players.

Cavs QB Kurt Benkert, a transfer from East Carolina who beat out incumbent Matt Jones for the starting job, didn't have a bad game, completing 26-for-34 for 264 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, who sat out the first half due to a violation of team rules, had five catches for 75 yards and a TD.  Benkert, a junior, was Virginia's 11th different starter in its past 12 openers. Johns had started all 12 games last year and Arizona transfer Connor Brewer was also in the competition.

Virginia is 0-1 ATS on college football odds and 0-0-1 O/U.

 

Strong Debut For Ducks' New QB
Last year, Oregon had success with a graduate transfer quarterback from an FCS school in Vernon Adams Jr. The Ducks went that route again this year in former Montana State QB Dakota Prukop and he looked good in Oregon's opening 53-28 win over FCS school UC Davis. Prukop was 21-for-30 for 271 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 36 yards and a score. Oregon has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in 82 straight games, continuing to add to its NCAA record. Royce Freeman, one of the nation's top running backs and most electric players in the country, rushed 11 times for 87 yards and two scores. Darren Carrington II caught seven passes for 117 yards and a score.

Freshman linebacker Troy Dye was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after having 11 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a blocked field-goal attempt vs. UC Davis. Still, UC Davis was a terrible team last year so Oregon should have not allowed 28 points and nearly 400 yards of offense. The Ducks have nothing but Power 5 programs the rest of the way.

Oregon of course has more combination of uniforms than any team in the country and wait until you see this week's. The helmets are black with a yellow duck on it and then the rest of the uniform is bright yellow. Prukop certainly won't have trouble seeing  his receivers.

The Ducks are 0-1 ATS on college football picks and 1-0 O/U.

 

Series History
Just one matchup, an Oregon 59-10 win at Virginia in the second game of the 2013 season, Coach Mark Helfrich's first year as Oregon head coach. The Ducks were No. 2 in the nation at the time. Marcus Mariota passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and rushed four times for 122 yards and a 71-yard score. De'Anthony Thomas rushed 11 times for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Oregon had 557 yards offense. UVA had 298 yards and turned it over four times.


Prediction
This line is rising as we speak and 24 was the lowest I could find. Give the points, go 'over' the total. Virginia has covered one of its past five non-conference games. Oregon is 13-5 ATS in its past 18 after a win. The 'over' is 5-1-1 in Virginia's past seven after a loss. The 'over' is 5-0 in Oregon's past five overall. 

College Football Pick: Oregon & Over
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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