PAC-12 College Football Picks: Take Healthier Stanford -9.5 Over Oregon

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 12, 2015 2:37 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 2:37 PM GMT

Our college football capper takes a look at Saturday’s game between Oregon & Stanford. Join us in reading this intriguing betting preview article which concludes with a point spread pick.

Ducks fly into Pal Alto
Stanford and Oregon will collide in a battle of two red-hot PAC-12 teams on Saturday. The opening kickoff at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California is slated for 7:30 PM ET. According to college football odds at TheGreek, Stanford is a 9.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 69. Oregon defeated Stanford 45-16 a season ago, and easily covered as a 7 point home favorite.

 

On the Rebound
After starting the season with a disappointing 3-3 record, Oregon has bounced back to go 3-0 SU&ATS in their last three games. The Ducks have been a money maker on the road this season, going 4-0 ATS, and winning 3 of those four games straight up. The good news for Oregon is that they’re averaging 42.2 points and 543.6 total yards per game. Unfortunately, the Ducks defense has been a bit of a liability, allowing a very lofty 37.2 points and 489.7 yards per contest.

 

Quietly going about its Business
A lot of the preseason hype surrounding Stanford vanished in a hurry after a season opening loss at Northwestern. Since that time, the Cardinal have won eight games in a row, and are currently on the periphery of the top four teams that would qualify for the college football playoff on New Year’s Eve. This upcoming game against a quality opponent like Oregon can be used to make a huge statement. At the end of the day any win will keep them firmly in the mix. However, a decisive win against a program that’s been so highly successful in recent years, would earn some much needed style points in the playoff committee’s eyes, and can catapult the Cardinal up the rankings.

 

Final Analysis and Pick
Stanford has garnered the reputation in recent years as being an extremely physical football team on both sides of the ball. There was a bit of a lapse pertaining to that style for a portion of last season, and even in their 2015 opening loss at Northwestern. Since suffering that defeat, they’ve reestablished that reputation, and have overwhelmed opponents at times with their physicality. Oregon is still a very good football team, but they’re nowhere near as good as last season’s squad that lost to Ohio State in the national championship game. I’ll have a strong lean toward Stanford making an emphatic statement on Saturday night, and side with the home favorite for one of my college football picks this week.

College Football Pick: Stanford -9.5 at TheGreek

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