Even though Oregon and Arizona State still both have to face Southern Cal in Los Angeles, Thursday’s matchup between the Ducks and Sun Devils could well be a preview of the Pac-12 Championship Game. UO is a 9.5-point favorite onVegassportsbetting.com.
Oregon is No. 2 in the nation in scoring at 52.3 ppg and hasn’t scored less than 42 points in a game this season. Back on Oct. 6 in the Ducks’ last game, they beat Washington 52-21. QB Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns. Mariota connected with tight end Colt Lyerla with two touchdowns, and also found Keanon Lowe and Josh Huff.
Lyerla caught three passes for 71 yards, including touchdowns of 10 and 13 yards. Kenjon Barner, who went into the game ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 121 yards rushing per game, joined in, running for 122 yards. The Ducks’ average margin of victory is 32.3 points. Their closest decisions was in Week 2 against Fresno State, a 42-25 decision.
It’s the second straight Thursday night game for ASU. Last week, the Sun Devils crushed Colorado 51-17. Rashad Ross returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown that turned a close game into a rout.
Taylor Kelly threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns, including three to tailback Marion Grice covering 37, 16 and 20 yards as the Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) won their third straight game. Kelly was 20-of-28, and when he wasn’t completing screen passes, he was tucking the ball and taking off for equally big gains, finishing with 67 yards on scrambles. The Sun Devils have suffocated the conference competition outscoring them 115-41.
The matchup is notable for Oregon as it will be the Ducks’ first true road test this season and just the sixth time in ASU history that a team ranked #1 or #2 in the AP Poll has visited Sun Devil Stadium.
The all-time series between Oregon and Arizona State is tied, 16-16, but the Ducks have won seven straight and 11 of the last 14, dating to 1998. UO has also taken the last four meetings in Tempe, averaging 43.8 points per game in the process.
Vegas trends: Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Ducks are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona State. Favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.