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College Football Picks Colorado vs. #7 Oregon: Ducks Huge Favorites

  • Oregon up to #7 in the country
  • Three straight Ducks games decided by one score
  • Colorado had 114 total yards last week

The Oregon Ducks were all over the map last week, down 14 then up 17 before hanging on for a 3-point win at UCLA. A win is a win though and the Ducks were able to climb three spots in the rankings to #7. The Colorado Buffaloes visit Eugene on Saturday afternoon looking for some answers as they’ve scored 14 points or less in five of the last six games. OU is a huge -24.5 favorite in this one.

Colorado Buffaloes at Oregon Ducks Schedule

  • Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
  • When: Saturday, October 30th, 3:30 PM ET
  • How to Watch: Fox

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Colorado Offense Nonexistent

The Buffaloes put up just 35 yards rushing on 28 carries and had just 69 yards passing on 17 attempts in last week’s 26-3 loss to Cal. Colorado also gave up six sacks and now face a Ducks team that is 3rd in the Pac-12 with 16 sacks on the year.

Colorado ranks last in the Pac-12 in passing with just 117 yards/game. QB Brendan Lewis had a complete regression going 9/17 with 69 yards and an INT after a 12/19, 248 yard 2 TD day the week before in a 34-0 loss to Arizona. The Wildcats haven’t won a game since 2019 though.

Oct 23, 2021; Berkeley, California, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Brenden Rice (2) runs with the football during the fourth quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; Berkeley, California, USA; Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Brenden Rice (2) runs with the football during the fourth quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

CU doesn’t do a lot in the ground game either, meaning the Buffaloes might have a tough time keeping up with an Oregon team that scores 33.9 ppg. Jarek Broussard has just 81 yards rushing total over the last two weeks and 2nd leading rusher Alex Fontenot has a mere 26 yards over that span.

Does Oregon Cruise Here?

The Ducks have been greater than -17 point favorites three other times this season, eking one out against Fresno State 31-24 (-17.5), beating Stony Brook 48-7 (-42), and getting past Arizona 41-19 (-29.5). Failing to cover in those ‘easy games’ has pushed Oregon’s record ATS to 2-5 on the season.

Can OU put on the throttle to cover the -24.5 against Colorado on Saturday? QB Anthony Brown went 29/39 for 296 yards vs. the Bruins but didn’t throw a TD and also had 2 INT. Brown also added 85 yards and a TD rushing while Travis Dye had four rush TDs in the win in Pasadena.

Oct 23, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown (13) celebrates after scoring on a 43-yard touchdown run against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated UCLA 34-31.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown (13) celebrates after scoring on a 43-yard touchdown run against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated UCLA 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon does rank 2nd in the Pac-12 in scoring (33.9) and Colorado is very middle of the pack in the conference defensively. The Buffaloes don’t make a lot of spectacular plays on defense, ranking last in the Pac-12 in INTs (3) and sacks (8), while also recovering just two fumbles on the year.

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These two teams didn’t play last year but even if they didn’t there wouldn’t be much to take away as Colorado was much better last season. The Buffaloes are one of the worst teams in the Pac-12 but Oregon also has a tendency to play down to their competition. 24.5 points looks like a lot in a conference matchup.

Oregon 34 – Colorado 13

Expert Pick:

  • Oregon win

NCAA Football Picks Against the Spread:

  • Colorado +24.5

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