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Oregon vs Arizona Betting Odds - Wildcats can smell the roses

Posted by Todd Shale on 11/17/2009 12:00:44 PM
football betsThe Oregon vs Arizona betting odds put the Pac 10 on the line this week as both teams are vying for the conference lead. Arizona controls its own destiny to the Rose Bowl, as they have already beaten Stanford and Oregon State this year, which means that a win over Oregon could put them at the top of the pack. Online betting cappers may not be as familiar with the Wildcats, but don’t be surprised if they keep it close this weekend.

Oregon vs Arizona betting odds: Oregon -6
WHAT: NCAA Football betting
WHEN: Saturday, November 14th – 8:00 PM ET
WHERE: Arizona Stadium – Tucson, AZ
KEY STAT: Arizona +6

Oregon vs Arizona betting odds maker breakdown: What’s On The Line
The Oregon Ducks (8-2, 6-1) are the top team in the Pac 10, but their lead is very tenuous. They still have to play Arizona and Oregon State – two teams that are just one game behind them in the standings – and a loss to either would immediately drop them because of the tiebreaker. The Ducks have a chance to go to the Rose Bowl, but they have put up some flat performances on the road and they can’t afford another one.

For Arizona (6-3, 4-2), they also control their own destiny. They’ve played well this year and their only losses have come on the road at Iowa, Washington and California. This week’s game is one of the biggest in a long time, and because of it, the ESPN Gameday crew will be there. We’ll see how Mike Stoops’ boys handle the pressure.

Betting Edge: Even

Oregon vs Arizona betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
This will very much be an offense versus defense matchup, and the Ducks have the offense part covered. With Jeremiah Masoli at quarterback and LaMichael James at running back, the Ducks have one of the most dynamic backfields in the nation. James has now top 100 yards rushing in five straight games while Masoli has led the offense to at least 42 points in six of his Pac 10 starts.

On the flip side, Arizona’s offense isn’t as consistent, but they’ve been able to score at times. They mustered only 16 points against Cal last weekend but they did average 37.6 in their previous five contests. Even so, NCAA football betting fans know that this unit isn’t as explosive as Oregon’s offense.

Betting Edge: Oregon

Oregon vs Arizona betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
On defense, the Ducks have been competent this year, but this isn’t the team’s strength. The secondary is still a bit green, as evidenced by the start of true freshman Cliff Harris last week. This is a unit that is susceptible to power running – or good ground games overall – as the Ducks have given up 396 rushing yards in their two losses this year.

For Arizona, their defense is their bread and butter. It is ranked No. 18 nationally, allowing just 305.1 yards per game. Last week, they kept the clamps on California, who had several drives move into Arizona territory but were forced to settle for field goals. They’ll need to do the same this week.

Betting Edge: Arizona

Oregon vs Arizona betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Arizona’s home run hitter at running back, Nic Grigsby, is battling a shoulder injury, and while he’ll probably play this week, it’s questionable how effective he will be. The Wildcats could use a big effort from him as the Ducks are susceptible to the run.

Betting Edge: Oregon

Oregon vs Arizona betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Ducks are the favorite in the sportsbook, but the Wildcats are no pushover. People may be betting on the Ducks, expecting a second consecutive blowout win, but that won’t be the case. The Wildcats know what’s at stake here and they will be focused for the nationally televised game. Look for the Ducks to win in very tight fashion.

TONY’S PICK: Arizona +6

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