Oregon Ducks vs. Washington Huskies Prediction & Game Preview - 11/06/2021

by Chuck Sommers

Game time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Where to watch: ABC

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Oregon -6.5; O/U 51
BetMGM: Oregon -6.5; O/U 51.5
Caesars: Oregon -6.5; O/U 51

Season record
No. 7 Oregon: 7-1 (4-1 Pac-12)
Washington: 4-4 (3-2 Pac-12)

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Oregon - Washington preview and analysis


Last week
Oregon: won 52-29 vs. Colorado on Saturday
Washington: won 20-13 at Stanford on Saturday

The Oregon Ducks will try to push their winning streak to four games and move closer to a spot in the Pac-12 championship game when they visit the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Seattle.

The Ducks have rebounded to win three straight after losing to the Stanford Cardinal just over a month ago, but the results haven’t been that great. Oregon recorded a one-touchdown victory against the California Golden Bears, followed by a 3-point win over the UCLA Bruins a week later.

At least all things aren’t kaput after a 23-point win over the Colorado Buffaloes last week. Perhaps giving up 29 to Colorado isn’t the way to go, but the Ducks at least led comfortably the entire way.

Quarterback Anthony Brown had one of his best games throwing the ball, completing 25 of 31for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Byron Cardwell (127 yards, 1 TD on seven carries) and Travis Dye (47 yards, 2 TD) paced a running game that combined for 256 yards and four touchdowns.

“Efficiency, consistency and just making the right reads all around the board,” Brown said. “And it came from a lot of things, but just staying in the groove and continuing to do what I do throughout the week, continuing my process, watching extra film and doing extra things.”

The Ducks aren’t quite out of the College Football Playoff picture, but odds don’t look promising so long as Cincinnati and Michigan State continue on this trajectory. They should at least better Ohio State at some point before the year is over.

As for Washington, the Huskies are coming off consecutive wins on the road, both by one score, against Stanford (which doesn’t look good on Oregon’s ledger anymore) and the Arizona Wildcats who have not win in a long time.

Washington quarterback Dylan Morris threw for 146 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass with 21 seconds left to pull off the win.

Give Washington credit: Since that loss in Week 1 to Montana, the Huskies have rebounded well. Something to keep in mind is that a win over Oregon will put them tied with the Ducks for the top of the Pac-12 North.

Which makes this game even more worthy of watching this Saturday.

Prediction


We have to take that Colorado game with a bunch of grains of salt. This is the same Oregon team that struggled at times against Arizona a few weeks back. There hasn’t been that dominant performance you’d expect from the Ducks. But the defense has been strong enough to give Brown and the offense a chance. This matchup screams trap game for Oregon, but I’ll give the Ducks the benefit of the doubt and say they cover, but barely. Oregon by 10

Betting trends


Oregon is 1-5 ATS as a favorite this season.

Oregon is 0-5 ATS in its last five when gaining 6.25 yards per play in three straight games.

Washington is 1-5 ATS in its past six after allowing 14 points or fewer the previous game.

Statistical leaders


Oregon:
Passing: Anthony Brown -- 1,797 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Travis Dye -- 609 yards, 10 TD
Receiving: Devon Williams -- 290 yards, 1 TD
Defense: Kayvon Thibodeaux -- 4 sacks

Washington:
Passing: Dylan Morris -- 1,809 yards, 11 TD, 8 INT
Rushing: Sean McGrew -- 383 yards, 6 TD
Receiving: Terrell Bynum -- 427 yards, 4 TD
Defense: Jackson Sirmon -- 59 tackles

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Chuck Sommers

About the Author:

Chuck Sommers has camped outside of sportsbooks since he can remember, learning the tricks and nuances of the trade. He still has nightmares of betting $5,000 on the Raiders in the Tuck Rule game but has since turned that to 25 years of veteran handicapping greatness. You can find him mostly in the shadows at the Red Rock or Aliante casinos wondering if the over is cashing on any given Sunday.

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