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No. 6 Oregon Ducks at No. 3 Stanford Cardinal

It’s probably the biggest regular-season game in Stanford history on Saturday night – ESPN GameDay makes its first visit to the Farm – when the Cardinal look to keep their  national title hopes alive against Oregon, with the winner pretty much assured of representing the Pac-12 North in the inaugural conference title game (Stanford is officially in with a win). The Cardinal are 3-point college football betting favorites on WagerWeb.com.

Just as the world was watching the SEC showdown last week, the eyes of the football nation turn to the West Coast this week. Stanford’s balanced offensive attack, led by quarterback Andrew Luck, squares off with the speedy Ducks, who are looking to join a cast of one-loss teams that believe they have a shot at the title game. Either outcome will send ripples across the BCS standings.

Oregon’s season began on a sour note, as the club was beaten by a still- unbeaten LSU team, 40-27. Since then, however, Chip Kelly’s crew has been downright dominant, winning eight games in a row by 14 or more points. Last weekend, the Ducks beat a solid Washington squad on the road by a 34-17 final, and that solid offensive output actually marked Oregon’s lowest point total in any game during the current win streak. The Ducks have now won 18 straight conference games, dating to a 2009 road loss to Stanford.

Last week, Stanford extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games with a 38-13 romp over Oregon State. The Cardinal are now 9-0, marking the best start for the program since 1951.

The Ducks and Cardinal lead the Pac-12 and also rank among the Top 10 in the nation in almost every major offensive category. The staggering statistics are the kind usually reserved for video games, producing similar results despite the differences.

Stanford averages 48 points and Oregon 46 points, good for third- and fifth-best in the country, respectively. The Ducks have averaged 510.67 yards per game (seventh) to Stanford’s 505.78 yards (eighth), with Oregon gaining slightly more on the ground and the Cardinal racking up more in the air.

Oregon has dominated this series in recent seasons with the exception of Stanford’s win in 2009, the last conference loss for the Ducks. Oregon had won seven straight against the Cardinal before the loss two years ago, and then the Ducks bounced back to win last year. Oregon has won three of its last four at Stanford. Oregon has faced S Luck in each of the past two seasons, and he has combined to throw for 592 yards and four touchdowns. He was 12-for-20 for 251 yards and two touchdowns in 2009 and then went 29-for-46 for 341 yards and two touchdowns last year. Oregon has never won a road game against a top-five team. Stanford has not lost at home since the 2009 season. The Cardinal would clinch a berth in the Pac-12 title game with a win and would also clinch home-field advantage in that championship game. Stanford is riding a 17-game winning streak, the longest in the country. Its last loss was to Oregon last season. by Wagerweb.com

We like Stanford -3. They have been steamrolling teams all season and Oregon has that nasty loss on their record. This is a chance to prove to the country that Andrew Luck is all that he is cracked up to be. (Sportsbook Advisor)

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Saturday, November 12th, 2011 College Football Betting 2011

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