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Ducks vs. Cowboys Predictions – 2008 Holiday Bowl Betting

Holiday Bowl Oregon Ducks vs Oklahoma St. Cowboys

The Oregon Ducks travel to San Diego to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Holiday Bowl. The Ducks were oh so close again to getting to the Rose Bowl this season but the USC Trojans found a way not to get into the BCS Championship and instead got a bid to the Rose Bowl. Oregon is coming off of a smashing victory over rival Oregon State in their Pac-10 finale. Sports betting fans have to decide if the victory was a prelude of what might happen in the Holiday Bowl or if the Oklahoma State Cowboys will bounce back from their horrendous loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in their Big-12 finale. Oregon was 6 and 6 against the BetUS online wagering spread this season. Those aren’t fantastic numbers but the Ducks were getting better as the season progressed. The three straight wins they accrued to close out the season against Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State, a 65 to 38 victory over the Beavers, means that the Ducks come into the Holiday Bowl on a roll.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys were one of the best teams in college football this season up until late October and November where they lost three out of their last five. Of course, the three losses were to Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Both Texas and Oklahoma are playing in BCS Bowl games while the Red Raiders are playing on January 2nd in the Cotton Bowl. Losing to those three teams shouldn’t bother online betting fans looking to back the Cowboys. What should bother them is the fact that they gave up 61 points to the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oregon Ducks are a high-scoring team.

Here are the BetUS online sportsbook NCAAF betting odds for this game.

Oregon Ducks + 2 ½ – 110 + 120 O 76 ½ – 110
Oklahoma State Cowboys – 2 ½ – 110 – 140 U 76 ½ – 110

Here are a few online wagering trends that might help us find a good online bet in this game.

The Oregon Ducks are 5 and 1 against the spread in their last 6 bowl games as the underdog.
The Oregon Ducks are 5 and 2 against the spread in their last 7 non-conference games.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 4 and 0 against the spread in their last 4 non-conference games.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 9 and 3 against the spread in their last 12 games overall.

Oklahoma State is a very good team but they have only faced an offensive powerhouse like the Oregon Ducks twice this season. In both of those games the Cowboys were throttled.

They lost 56 to 20 to Texas Tech and 61 to 41 to Oklahoma. The loss to Texas Tech was very disturbing because the Cowboys couldn’t muster enough points to keep it close. Against Oklahoma, it was a given that the Cowboys would lose as Oklahoma is one of the best teams college football has ever seen.

So, what happens in the Holiday Bowl? Oregon will come out passing and trying to run once they can open up the Oklahoma State defense. The Cowboys will come out running. To me, that’s the key to which online bet to make in the BetUS Sportsbook. Smart college football betting says that the team with the best defense and better running game usually wins in bowl games. Kendall Hunter for the Cowboys should do very well if he gets at least 17 carries in this game.

Oregon vs. OSU Holiday Bowl Prediction:

The Oregon Ducks are on a roll, but the Oklahoma State Cowboys got just enough time to figure out what was wrong. They’re going to bounce back in this game in a big way and cover the 2 ½ point in the BetUS online sportsbook.


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