Early Betting Lines on Oregon Football [81 Days of Summer]
The Golden Nugget is one of the biggest Casino’s on the strip that still harkens back to the golden age of Las Vegas. A Vegas where prizefights were the most watched sports events in America, Sinatra and the Rat Pack were filming the first Ocean’s Eleven, and there was no such thing as a housing bubble bursting to cripple their economy.
Now, because the Golden Nuggets is one of my favorites simply out of principle, they of course release over 100 betting lines for games this next season. I will get to more this week, but first I wanted to look at the four games handicapped for this upcoming season. We are 81 days of summer away from Oregon football and we will have a post every day on why we love this upcoming season.
Washington at Oregon (-20)
Last year Oregon beat Washington by 17 up in Seattle in a pretty good showing. The year before Oregon beat a Locker-less Washington by 37 points. There is now way the Washington defense is as bad as they were last year, setting the record for awfulness in the Alamo Bowl against the Robert Griffin III-led Baylor Bears. If you asked me the score right now I would say that Oregon would win by three touchdowns, although that’s way too close to the line to bet on. Just a heads up, Phil Steel said the Huskies would finish behind Oregon State and above Washington State this season. Keith Price is a good quarterback and the Huskies, unfortunately, have only gotten better under Sarkisian. This line will get lower closer to the game.
Oregon at USC (-6)
The second biggest game of the season other than Alabama at LSU is a six-point spread. Both of those games that night will probably involved the top four teams in the nation. In a way, it’s the weekend of the century. USC did beat Oregon last year after a missed field goal as time expired and it showed the Ducks couldn’t just show up for a single quarter and expect to win a game, although they came really close. The only other top team USC will have played before Oregon is Stanford and both teams should come in undefeated. My prediction for the actual week of the game would be -3.5 in favor of USC although I think Oregon is perfectly capable of winning.
Stanford at Oregon (-13)
Buy this line now before it goes higher. Last year Oregon was way too fast for Stanford to keep up and won by 23 points. The previous year Oregon battled back from being down 21-3 to winning by 21. This year Oregon still has a huge speed advantage, gets the game at home, and Stanford is without Luck. Stanford will still probably be the second-best team in the PAC-12 North but there is a mile between the rest of the conference and Oregon and USC.
Oregon at Oregon State (+16)
I didn’t think this line was real when I first saw it. This has to be a joke. Oregon State hasn’t won since 2007 when Oregon was playing with their fifth string quarterback and was decimated by injuries. Since then Oregon has won the Civil War at Reser by 27 and 17, and those teams were somewhat good. Last year Oregon beat the Beavers by 28 at home. Currently the Beavers don’t even have a left tackle on their depth chart and could possibly worse than last year. Somewhere, Dion Jordan is smiling.