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NCAA Football Preview – Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks

Can Ducks Dominate Cardinal?

This Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks pick has the Ducks at -10.5. Our Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks pick preview notes that over the last five meetings, Stanford has won three of those games. In fact, the Cardinal have taken the last three. But the Ducks are favored tonight, Saturday, September 21, 2019, and there’s a reason for that.

Oregon has proven that it can rack up yards and score points. Plus, the Ducks were lucky enough to retain QB Justin Herbert who could have declared for the NFL Draft this year. In this very young season, Herbert has tossed 11 TD passes and thrown for 868 yards. He’s completed 73.3% of his passes.

Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks Pick – Stats

The stats on both sides of the ball favor the Ducks heavily. On offense, Oregon is averaging 44.2 PPG, while Stanford has put up just 21.3 PPG. The Ducks have been good for an average of 505.0 YPG in offense. The Cardinal has been averaging 349.7 YPG. This Ducks team can strike quickly and often. They’ve been good for 319.0 passing yards per game and 186.0 rushing yards. On the other hand, Stanford is averaging 234.3 YPG passing and 115.3 YPG rushing.

Defensively, the Ducks are allowing opponents merely 12.0 PPG, while the Cardinal have given up 32.3 PPG. The combined PF/PA favors Oregon by +40.9 points. Plus, Stanford is allowing opponents on average 415.7 YPG with 280.3 of those yards being in the air. That signals a big night for QB Herbert.

Cardinal vs Ducks – Recent Opponents and Team Records

On the season, the #16 Oregon Ducks are 2-1 with their one loss being 21-27 to #16 Auburn in the initial week of the season. After that, the Ducks reeled off two quick wins, beating Nevada 77-6 and Montana 35-3. The Stanford Cardinal, who are 1-2, took down Northwestern 17-7 on August 31. Their next two games were disastrous, as they lost to USC 45-20 and #17 UCF 45-27.

All indications are that this Cardinal team will have a tough time handling the Ducks. That is, as long as the Ducks come to this game with a seriousness. The fact is, Stanford is capable of shutting down teams. At the same time, the Cardinal defense has had a tough time versus opponents with strong pass attacks. That’s been the case in the last two contests.

Oregon at Stanford – Five Keys

  1. Cardinal D must slow down Herbert, and that won’t be easy. It’s probably impossible
  2. Junior Cardinal QB Davis Mills (58.2 COMP%, 1 TD, 1 INT) needs to rise to the occasion
  3. The Oregon running and passing games should dominate from the start
  4. The Duck defense cannot take the Cardinal offense for granted
  5. We think both sides will score in double digits, but that Oregon will overwhelm their opponent

Our Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks Pick

Our Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks pick notes that tonight’s game, which starts at 7:00 pm ET, looks to be a W for the Ducks. But they must come to play. Last year, despite an impressive performance by Herbert, Oregon lost to Stanford at home in OT 38-31. Now the Ducks are on the Cardinal home turf. There are no gimmes here. They have to perform to win and keep Stanford at bay in doing so. Our NCAA football betting pick is the Oregon Ducks at -10.5.

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NCAAF Betting Summary – Stanford Cardinal vs Oregon Ducks Pick

Oregon Ducks with the spread at -10.5


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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