Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Al Presto. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The Oregon Ducks lost the BCS-title game to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich enters his third season with a 24-4 record. The Ducks finished 13-2 overall last season, 8-1 in conference play. The 2015 Oregon Ducks return twelve starters on both sides of the Football. The Oregon Ducks have everything it takes to repeat as PAC-12 champions, but the competition in 2015 will be greater. The Oregon Ducks plays home games at the 54,000 seat Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
Six starters return to the Oregon Ducks offense in 2015. The Ducks offense must replace Heiman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota at quarterback. Offensive coordinator Scott Frost went to Eastern Washington University to find their guy. Senior transfer Vernon Adams will be under center to start the season. Running Backs Royce Freeman (1,365) rushing yards last season and Thomas Tyner are one of the best duos in College Football. Wide Receivers Byron Marshall (1,003) receiving yards, and Braylon Addison are the main targets in the passing game. The offensive line lost two to the NFL, but there is talent on the unit. The Oregon Ducks went 10-5 on Sports Handicappers Football Picks last season, going over the betting odds total seven times, staying under the betting odds total seven with a push.
*The Oregon offense put up 547.0 yards per contest, 3rd in the FBS.
*Oregon went 6-4 Against The Point Spread at home last season.
*The Ducks were 4-1 on the road.
*The betting odds total was 5-5 at Autzen Stadium in 2014.
*Oregon went over the betting odds total twice last season.
*The Ducks stayed under the betting odds total twice with a push on the road.
*The Oregon Ducks offense ranked 10th in College Football with 312.5 yards per game through the air.
*Oregon scored an average of 45.4 ppg, 4th nationally.
*The Oregon running game averaged 234.5 yards per game on the ground, 22nd in the NCAA Football landscape.
The Oregon defense has some holes to fill with the departure of a first round draft pick on the defensive line and an awesome cover cornerback. Six starters return to coordinator Don Pellum unit. The front seven will still be good with DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci anchoring the line. The linebackers are also solid. The coaching staff put an emphasis on recruiting defensive backs in the past two years, and it will pay dividends in 2015. The Oregon Ducks will contend for another national title if the defense holds up.
*The Oregon Ducks defense gave up 429.7 yards per game to opponents in 2014, 89th in College Football.
*The Oregon pass defense ranked 111th in the FBS, allowing 264.3 yards per game through the air.
*The 23.6 ppg given up by Oregon ranked 31st in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Oregon run defense ranked 62nd in the land. Allowing the opposition 165.4 yards per contest on the ground.
*Oregon will have a tough non-conference game at Michigan State on September 12th.
*The Ducks get Utah, USC and California at home.
Bovada lists the Oregon Ducks at over/under nine and a half wins in 2015.
Free Betting Odds Prediction: Oregon will go 10-2 in 2015. Also Play Online Poker Plus Other Casino Games and enter some of the best Tournaments on the World Wide Web. Bet Here