Oregon Season Odds
(TheSpread) – Oregon has become a national power in football over the last five years, but can a new coach keep the Ducks in the title picture?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Oregon has been given 13/2 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Ducks have also been given odds of +165 to win the Pac-12 Championship and a money line of -105 to win the Pac-12 North Division. The over/under on wins for Oregon has been set at 10.5.
After four years with Chip Kelly as head coach, the Ducks needed a new head coach as Kelly went to the NFL. Mark Helfrich, who worked under Kelly, was named the new leader of the program. He has big shoes to fill, as Kelly won 12 games the last three seasons. This year’s team has 15 starters back from the 2012 team that went 12-1 and picked up a BCS bowl victory.
On offense, Oregon has averaged over 45 points and 520 yards per game the last three years. This year’s team shouldn’t be any different, as it returns its two top stars in running back DeAnthony Thomas and quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 752 yards last season. Thomas rushed for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 445 receiving yards and five scores in 2012. Both men enter the season with 14/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. The Ducks also have six of the top receivers back from 2012 and three starters back on the offensive line. The up-tempo style should continue under Helfrich, keeping Oregon an offensive power.
On defense, Oregon has seven starters back from a group that allowed 21.6 points and 374 yards per game in 2012. The strength of the defense will be the secondary, which returns all four starters. The secondary will be led by corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who had 16 pass deflections and four interceptions in 2012. Also back for the defense is senior end Taylor Hart, who had eight sacks a season ago.
When it comes to wins, Oregon has been able to rack them up with its offensive style. This season’s team has a relatively easy schedule. The toughest non-conference game is at home against Tennessee. Pac-12 home games feature Cal, Washington State, UCLA, Utah and Oregon State. Road conference games are with Colorado, Washington, Arizona and the big game at Stanford. Stanford seems to be the only team on the schedule that can truly compete with Oregon’s offense. With a possible Pac-12 title game and a bowl game, 11 wins seems like a safe bet for Oregon.
For a look at the odds for the Oregon Ducks during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Oregon Ducks
BCS National Champion Odds: 13/2
Pac-12 Championship Odds: +165
Pac-12 North Championship Odds: -105
Win Total: Over/Under 10.5
Heisman Trophy Odds: RB De'Anthony Thomas 14/1
Heisman Trophy Odds: QB Marcus Mariota 14/1