[9:30 PM] Oregon @ Washington State

Who will WIN this matchup?

Oregon Ducks (2-2)

@ Washington State Cougars (1-2)


Current odds:

Oregon Ducks: (-123)

Washington State Cougars: (+109)


ESPN simulations have Oregon as 64.8% favorites to win the game.

67% of sports bets are currently on Oregon to win as (-123) favorites.

Oregon is saddled with a losing streak for the first time since 2007 when it visits Washington State on Saturday, but hopes the return of star running back Royce Freeman turns its season around. The junior suffered a leg injury during the Ducks’ 35-22 loss to No. 15 Nebraska on Sept. 17 and did not play in Oregon’s 41-38 setback to Colorado last week.

The Cougars routed Idaho 56-6 on Sept. 17 for their first victory behind an unusually strong rushing attack after opening the season with losses to FCS member Eastern Washington 45-42 and at Boise State 31-28.

The Ducks led the Pac-12 in rushing for the last 10 years and appear poised to make it 11 as sophomore Tony Brooks-James filled in admirably for Freeman by scoring three touchdowns against Nebraska and rushing for 120 yards and a score versus Colorado. Prukop’s career is off to a solid start statistically with a 66.7 percent completion rate and eight TDs against one interception with junior wide receiver Darren Carrington II (14.7 yards per 19 catches, three TDs) emerging as his top threat.

Washington State, though, lives and dies through coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense with junior Luke Falk (74.1 completionrate, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions), whose 359.5 yards per game over his career leads active FBS quarterbacks. Senior wide receiver Gabe Marks (school-record 254 receptions) is tied for ninth in the nation with an average of nine catches per game and caught a team-best four touchdowns this season.

Oregon leads the series 47-39-7 after Washington State stunned the Ducks 45-38 in double overtime last season to snap an eight-game slide to Oregon.


StreakSmarts Pick: Oregon Ducks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick