Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Oregon vs. Virginia betting odds, preview and prediction

The No. 2 Oregon Ducks will take their high-octane offense on the road this Saturday when they visit the Virginia Cavaliers, and they start in a huge point spread hole. The Ducks are a 22-point road favorite, but they are riding an 8-1 ATS hot streak as a favorite lately, according to OddsShark.com's college football database.

Last season, the Oregon Ducks went 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS thanks to their signature spread attack, which racked up 6,986 yards (4th best in the nation) and 49.6 points per game (2nd best in the nation). Oregon showed no signs of slowing down in the post Chip Kelly era, demolishing Nicholls State 66-3 while setting a team record with 772 total yards.

QB Marcus Mariota and RB De'Anthony Thomas are legitimate Heisman contenders, and this offense will continue to roll on a weekly basis. In other words, this is not the last time that college football betting lines will be inflated in games involving Oregon.

Virginia put together a solid 8-5 SU campaign back in 2011, but fell flat with a 4-8 SU and 2-9-1 ATS record last year. Which version of the team will show up this year? The Cavaliers got their season off to a nice start with a 19-16 win over BYU as a 2.5-point home underdog.

The offense didn't look good at all in gaining only 223 total yards, but it has a bit of an excuse as it was a rainy day and the field was drenched. The defense did a good job holding BYU to 16 points and recording a safety as well.

Bad news for Virginia; the weather report currently reads "clear" for Saturday's game. This might as well be short for cleared for takeoff when it comes to this Oregon offense.

The Ducks do generally fare better at home than they do on the road, but there isn't enough of a drop-off to make this game look like much of a threat.

Virginia's defense is solid, but it won't be able to match Oregon's speed. And the offense definitely won't be able to shoot out with this team. 22 points is a lot to give on the road, but we think the Ducks can handle it.

PICK: Oregon -22, computer predicts 59-29 rout

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