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Cougars open as underdog vs Ducks

Washington State Cougars Oregon Ducks

No. 2 Oregon just keeps rolling along, shedding teams and tacklers like, well, water off a Duck's back.

Next up for the Green Machine is a Homecoming battle with another outfit that likes to go up and down the field quickly, Coach Leach's 4-3 Washington State Cougars, Saturday night in Eugene (10 pm ET, Fox Sports 1).

OU was “held” to a season-low 45 points in beating Washington last Saturday, while Wazzu just gave up 52 points in losing to Oregon State. In the early betting the Ducks, 6-0 ATS on the season despite being favored by some big numbers, were chalked at -38 over the Cougars, who have lost the last six games in this series by an average of 33 points.

They will face the 4-2 Cougars, who own a 5-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Ducks are 4-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Cougars are 2-3-1 favoring the OVER.

View Washington State Cougars vs Oregon Ducks Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Ducks here saw them open at 5Dimes as 39-point favorites in this Pac 12 betting clash. The total opened at a modest 73 at BetOnline but was expected to move higher.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Ducks at No. 3 and the Cougars at No. 86 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 69-33 result in favor of the Ducks.

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Marcus Mariota led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 366 yards Saturday as the Ducks downed the Huskies 45-24 at Husky Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oregon's No. 2-ranked offense (56.83 PPG) against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 56 at 25.29 PPG. The Ducks passing attack has averaged 306.5 yards per game, more than the Cougars give up through the air (258.86 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Cougars own the league's No. 57-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 166 yards per game when on the road. Oregon, on the other hand, rates No. 7 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cougars at Ducks trends to consider:
Washington State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Washington State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Washington State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Washington State is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Oregon is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Oregon is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oregon's last 5 games
Oregon is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Washington State at Arizona State, Thursday, October 31st
Oregon at UCLA, Saturday, October 26th