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Oregon Underdog vs. Auburn on NCAA Odds

The Oregon Ducks will be looking to build on last year’s season-closing three-game straight-up win streak when they open their 2019 campaign on Saturday with a game against Auburn as 3.5-point underdogs on the college football betting odds.

Oregon overcame a dismal 1-3 SU run with three straight victories down the stretch, capped by a narrow 7-6 win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl, but has struggled badly in regular-season dates away from home, going 4-12 SU in their past 16 such games going into Saturday night’s game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The Ducks cracked the top 25 in the nation in offense last season, averaging 34.8 points per game, and topping that number in two of their five regular-season road contests. However, the Oregon defense struggled at times, ranking 67th while surrendering 27.0 points per game.

That did little to help the Ducks reward bettors taking them against the spread, with the team covering in their final two outings but compiling a disappointing 5-8 ATS record in NCAA football betting over the course of the season.

Quarterback Justin Herbert returns for his senior year after enjoying a breakthrough season a year ago. The 21-year-old Eugene, Oregon native threw for 3,151 yards, and tied for 13th in the nation with 29 touchdown passes, earning the team award as Most Valuable Player.

However, Herbert returns for the upcoming campaign amid mixed expectations, sporting a -115 line of throwing for UNDER 2900.5 yards on the college football odds, while his regular-season passing touchdown total is set at just 25.5.

Despite sporting such conservative totals on the college football season props, Herbert remains in the mix on the Heisman Trophy betting lines, listed at +1600 on those NCAA odds, well back of co-favorites Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, who open the season deadlocked at +260.

The Ducks will likely need Herbert to enjoy another standout campaign if they are to return to the top of the Pac-12 North Division for the first time since 2014 and pay out as narrow +135 favorites on those college football futures.

Oregon advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game that season before falling to Ohio State by a 42-20 score, but opens the season off the pace as a +5000 wager on the odds to win the national championship.

Tigers Have Something to Prove on Season

While Oregon aims to take the next step, the Tigers return to action with a lot to prove after amassing a disappointing 8-5 SU record last season. Auburn managed to post consecutive SU wins just once during their final eight outings, and struggled badly in clashes with SEC conference rivals, going 3-5 SU on the season and finishing a distant fifth in the SEC West.

However, the Tigers impressed in dates with non-conference opponents, going a perfect 5-0 SU and finishing off the season with a 63-14 destruction of the Purdue Boilermakers as 3.5-point chalk on the NCAA football odds in the Music City Bowl.

Listed at No. 16 on the AP Top 25 to open the season, Auburn is also expected to rebound in 2019. The Tigers sit second to Alabama as a +600 wager on the NCAA odds to win the SEC West, and also sport -120 odds of tallying at least eight regular-season wins, but remain a long +700 bet to advance to the College Football Playoff and challenge for their first national championship since defeating Oregon 22-19 in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

That marked the first and only meeting between these two teams. However, the Tigers have enjoyed steady success when facing Pac-12 opponents, going 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their past four, while pegged as betting favorites in three of those contests.

*Odds as of August 28th, 2019

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