Oregon risks dipping below .500 at WSU

Oregon risks dipping below .500 at WSU

The Pac-12 portion of Oregon’s schedule couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start. Will Mark Helfrich’s troops rebound against another disappointing conference foe?

This evening, the Ducks meet Washington State at 9:30 p.m. ET. Online sports book BetDSI lists them as 2-point favorites heading into Pullman. The over/under is 75.5.

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Last weekend’s 41-38 loss to Colorado puts the Eugene crew at a surprising 2-2 through the first four contests. Utterly abysmal defensive play represents one of the biggest problems so far. Oregon has already surrendered 300-plus passing yards twice – and one of those occasions came against UC Davis.

For the Cougars’ part, they’re trying to build a respectable D behind a host of fresh faces. Said youth could be a problem vs. the Ducks’ fast-and-furious offensive attack. Royce Freeman needs just 98 yards to pass Kenjon Barner for second place on the school’s all-time rushing list. Top-flight reserves also chip in with regularity, giving Oregon a ground-heavy nucleus that averages 275.75 yards per tilt.

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The question becomes whether quarterback Dakota Prukop can shake off the interception that ended his team’s bid to upend the Buffaloes. Prukop’s yet to throw for a first-quarter touchdown and, irrespective of the Ducks’ ability to post points at a tremendous clip, such weak efforts out of the gate continue to prevent them from truly taking flight. The road setting also convinces us that we’ll see fewer points than usual.



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