How will Oregon respond to their crushing loss to Stanford? Oddsmakers believe they will respond with a thrashing of Utah, installing them as 26-point favorites against their Pac-12 foes. And one computer projects 60 points for the Ducks Saturday.
Point spread: Oregon opened as 26-point home favorites; the total was 64 on Wednesday. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer says: 60-33 Oregon
Why Utah can cover the spread
There might not be a more battle-tested team that the Ducks could face right now than Utah, which has the third-toughest schedule in the country. The combined FBS record of the first nine teams Utah has faced this season is 45-17 (.726).
The college football database at Odds Shark says the Utes are 6-2 ATS since 2000 as a double-digit road underdog.
Why Oregon can cover the spread
Oregon is going to be a group of angry Ducks after Stanford dealt them their first loss of the season for the second straight year. It ended Oregon's 10-game winning streak in the process. Fired-up is an understatement for how these Ducks will be for this game.
The Ducks are 14-3 ATS while facing huge point spreads over the past two seasons and have shown an ability to cover just about any number.
With the uncertainty of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and his left knee, not to mention knowing that Utah pulled off one of college football’s biggest upsets this season, beating Stanford 27-21 back on October 12, the dog is intriguing in this one. Mariota will play, but how well?
Oregon is 14-3 ATS in its last 17 games.
Utah is 1-5 ATS in its last six road games.
Utah is 6-2 ATS since 2000 as a double-digit road dog (biggest in 20 seasons).