College Football Free Pick

The Washington Huskies are a hardnosed football team that finds themselves in a battle this week against an ever improving and now #17 in the country, Oregon Ducks. Nothing has been easy this year for the Huskies and even the North Dakota game was closer than it should have been, at least most of the way. Although they ended up winning that game by a final of 45-3, the final score doesn’t reflect most of the game. North Dakota ran out of gas late against much better talent, but they did manage to hold the nations leading rusher to just 56 yards on the ground. Myles Gaskin is the beast on this team and he will no doubt be a very high draft pick in the next NFL draft. Jake Browning is another talent that could end up as a great pro as well. Browning is 111 of 166 with 1508 yards, 9 TD’s and 5 INT’s on the season.

#7 Washington Huskies (5-1) vs #17 Oregon (4-1)

It seems that the Oregon Ducks have been is a perpetual state of rebuilding for the last several years but they are never out of it. This program and it’s boosters are committed to making sure that great players sign, and that a quality coach is always at the helm. Oregon lit up #24 Cal last week to the tune of a 42-24 win and lost the week prior in overtime to #7 Stanford by a final of 38-31. In Oregon’s three prior games this season, they have cruised to victories in a non-conference schedule. Now, it gets real and Stanford came from behind and stole the victory in Oregon on the 22nd. The Washington Huskies are as real as it gets and they proved that with a great game in Auburn.

The Huskies opened the season with the 45-3 win over North Dakota, a 21-7 win in Utah, a 27-20 win over ASU, a big win over BYU, 35-7 and an ok win over a bad UCLA team by a final of 31-24, at UCLA. A win is a win and especially a road win, so, although UCLA is rebuilding and at times look dreadful, they are still a PAC 12 team and going on the road to LA is always a challenge. All in all, the UCLA win was a good one. The Huskies gave up 24 to a stale offense, that’s a problem for a normally stellar defense from a Chris Petersen team.

There is one way that Oregon wins this game, stop Gaskin. Just like North Dakota did. Browning is solid but he will not be relied upon to win this game. Washington must slow the Oregon tempo and to do that means a pile of 3rd down conversions and controlling the clock. Oregon must stay out of this battle or they get beat, again, at home. We saw the Stanford loss and that was a barnburner, but big mistakes from the Ducks that led to the loss. Given the chance again, Oregon wins that game.

Prediction:  Oregon 28, Washington 24

Best Bets: Oregon +3 ½, Oregon Money Line +150

Parlay: Oregon ML +150/Virginia Tech ML -255

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