Oregon want to make it to the playoffs one way or another, and live betting services know that on Saturday the Ducks will find out if they’ll get closer to that goal when they take on Utah in a crucial match in the Pac-12.
The Ducks were able to win four consecutive games both SU and ATS since they the lost at home to the Arizona Wildcats – which was their only loss of the season – and they’re set to take on the Utes, leaving a very difficult 19-16 loss at overtime last week when they took on the Arizona State Sun Devils as the 6.5-point road dogs.
The betting line opened with Oregon as the favorites with 9.5 points.
The Ducks are well aware that they cannot make any more mistakes for the remainder of the season if they want to pave their way to national championship for the very first time in the school’s history. Oregon are set to advance to the top four after they lost last week to the Ole Miss Rebels, and they have no choice but to keep on winning games if they want to make it there when the season comes to an end.
Other major conference teams, like the TCU Horned Frogs from the Big 12, and the Alabama Crimson Tide from the SEC, also have very important meetings this week, and are not able to afford losing at this point in the season. Last week, the Ducks took out the Stanford Cardinal 45-16 as the favorites at home by seven points.
Utah are currently 11-3 ATS in the last 14 times that they played as the dogs at home, and their last cover was made in a win of 24-21 a couple of weeks ago when they took on USC. Even though Oregon have a much better team than the Trojans do, the Utes were able to hang in the game and cover when they took on very difficult teams. Last week they ended up losing to Arizona State on the road by a field goal, but they were still able to beat the spread of 6.5 points for their fourth cover on the road.
Utah did not lose a game since they were beaten by the Washington State Cougars 28-27 at home on September 27 as the 13.5 dogs on the road. This season, their defeat to Washington State is still the only time this season that the Utes weren’t able to cover. This season, Utah is at a very nice 7-1 ATS, which continues to impress.
Many fans and live betting services believe that the Utes will be the ones to cover and win, but what will happen on Saturday is yet to be seen, as the Ducks could pull off a surprise.