Free NCAA Football Prediction: Bulldogs vs. Ducks Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis:
Week 1 Fresno State Bulldogs (0-0) vs. Oregon Ducks (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Ducks -20.5 | Bulldogs +20.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Ducks -1375 Bulldogs +970
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U – 63.5
Week 1 college football sees the Fresno State Bulldogs and Oregon Ducks meet at Autzen Stadium.
Fresno State routed UConn 45-0 last Saturday to begin 2021 on a high note. Senior QB Jake Haener completed 20 of 26 for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Jalen Cropper led the Bulldogs with 87 receiving yards, three catches and a score. Ronnie Rivers added a Fresno best 58 rushing yards on a day dominated by coordinated aerial attack and lockdown defense.
Following their 3-3 2020 finish, the polished Fresno State offering appears primed for Oregon, even while heavy underdogs.
The Oregon Ducks stand as repeat Pac-12 champions after a 4-3 run, though this year brings question marks with Tyler Shough now at Texas Tech.
The Oregon Ducks are favored by -20.5 in this Pac-12 vs. Mountain West matchup.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State appears motivated for bigger things following last year’s return to competitve normalcy. The 2020 Bulldogs averaged 32.8 ppg and allowed 30 -both major improvements from their 4-8 2012.
Led by several hungry upperclassmen, Fresno State’s offense is likely better than its recent version which ranked among the nation’s elite. All five starting receivers are back for Jake Haener, and the Fresno running game is deep, too. The 45-0 drubbing FSU put on UConn was no fluke, and the confidence gained from that win is huge.
Haener’s top recieving targets include Jalen Cropper, Keric Wheatfall, and Josh Kelly. Running back Ronnie Rivers is a backfield workhorse, though the shaky Fresno o-line needs to click against the reigning Pac-12 champ.
Defensively, Fresno made offseason upgrades through the transfer portal. While UConn is certainly no Oregon, the Bulldogs linebackers looked sharp while helping blank the Huskies.
No longer a national powerhouse after ending 2020 unranked, rumblings suggest #11 Oregon State is overrated coming into Saturday’s contest. The Ducks did claim the 2020 Pac-12, but they dropped winnable games vs. Oregon State and California before being humbled in the Fiesta Bowl by Iowa State.
Amid the downturn, former starting QB Tyler Shough transferred to Texas Tech leaving Anthony Brown as Oregon’s new top choice behind center.
Brown did produce 40 touchdown passes at Boston College, but must limit his turnovers after allowing 20 picks as an Eagle. In limited 2020 action, Brown added two TD’s and 164 yards in two games for the Beavers.
Last season, Oregon scored 31.3 ppg and allowed just over 28.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Oregon is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
- Oregon is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Oregon is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Fresno State
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oregon’s last 5 games when playing Fresno State
- Fresno State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Fresno State is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Saturday’s line seems a bit heavy-handed as Fresno State is a capable group and Oregon has major turnover at key positions.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick:
I like veteran Fresno State against this weekend’s spread. The Bulldogs had a solid 2020 campaign, and great recent season opener. That cohesion should be enough to remain somewhat competitive vs. an Oregon group starting life with a new quarterback.
Take Fresno State against the spread.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: Bulldogs ATS
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