2008 Oregon Ducks Sportsbook Preview July 17th, 2008
By: Betus College Football Handicapping Staff
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2008 Oregon Ducks Football Wagering Preview
2007 Record: (9-4, 5-4 Pac 10)
2007 Bowl Game: Sun Bowl vs. South Florida (W 56-21)
Head Coach: Mike Bellotti (106-52 at Oregon, 127-77-2 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Chip Kelly
Defensive Coordinator: Nick Aliotti
Returning Statistical Leaders:
Rushing: Andre Crenshaw, RB, 415 yards
Passing: Justin Roper, QB, 342 yards
Receiving: Jaison Williams, WR, 844 yards
Tackles: Patrick Chung, S, 117
Sacks: Nick Reed, DE, 12
Interceptions: Jairus Byrd, CB, 7
More Key Returnees: C Max Unger, OT Fenuki Tupou, LB John Bacon, LB Jerome Boyd, K Matt Evensen, CB Walter Thurmond, DE Will Tukuafu
Key Losses: OT Geoff Schwartz, WR Garren Strong, RB Jonathan Stewart, G Josh Tschirgi, LB Kwame Agyeman, QB Dennis Dixon, DT David Faaeteete, DT Jeremy Gibbs, S Matthew Harper
Starting quarterback Dennis Dixon is gone but 2008 starter Justin Roper should be better prepared for the 2008 season after replacing the injured Dixon after the athletic senior got the team off to an impressive 8-1 start last season.
While the Ducks don’t look like they’ll be very bad on offense, it is clear that this team’s defense is its strength with three starters in the secondary that have all started fro three years and two cornerbacks in Walter Thurmond and Jairus Byrd that combined fro 12 interceptions last season.
Strong safety Patrick Chung led the team with 117 tackles last year and will team up with linebackers Jerome Boyd and John Bacon as well as defensive linemen, Nick Reed and Will Tukuafu, to give the team an experienced and talented defense.
Roper is expected to start, but should he falter, the Ducks will turn to an even less experienced quarterback in sophomore Nathan Costa. Oregon also has issues at running back after losing Jonathan Stewart and watching this season’s scheduled starter, Jeremiah Johnson struggle in his comeback from knee surgery.
2007 Team Stats:
Rushing: 251.69 (6th in nation, 1st in conference)
Passing: 215.85 (64, 6)
Total Offense: 467.54 (10, 1)
Points Per Game: 38.15 (12, 1)
Sacks Allowed: 1.85 (48, 4)
Rushing: 132.77 (38, 5)
Pass: 249.23 (86, 7)
Total Defense: 382.00 (60, 7)
Points Allowed Per Game: 23.62 (40, 5)
Turnover Margin: .69 (18, 1)
Sacks: 3.00 (15, 4)
2007 ATS Stats
9-4 SU, 5-4 (Conf.), 9-4 ATS, 6-7 O/U
2008 NCAA Football Odds
+600 to win Pac-10
+4500 to win BCS Championship
With tenuous situations at quarterback and running back – and a tough schedule, this team has the classic look of a seven or eight win team at best. However, as evidenced by last season’s solid 9-4 ATS mark, this is clearly a team capable of putting big bucks in college football bettors’ pockets.
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