Football Betting — UCLA and Oregon Must Overcome Offensive Line Problems

Football Betting -- UCLA and Oregon Must Overcome Offensive Line Problems

Admittedly with a new format that allows four teams to get into a playoff to determine the national championship, a team might be able to afford a loss if it has enough quality wins and emerges as the champion of its conference. Certainly one can say that the game taking place on Saturday between the Oregon Ducks and the UCLA Bruins is more or less a “do or die” situation, because another defeat would knock either of these teams completely out of the national championship picture. Football betting action gets underway at 3:30 PM ET at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

Both schools have to bounce back from losses they suffered last week. Oregon was looking for revenge over Arizona, for a very disappointing defeat they suffered last season. But they were not able to get it, even at home, as they went down to a 31-24 defeat. UCLA caught a very competitive Utah team, but they just weren’t strong enough in terms of protecting their quarterback; even so, they had a chance to win the ballgame with time running out but missed a field goal, then missed it again when they had other when they had another opportunity do a penalty.

In the football betting odds that a been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Oregon is laying a point on the road:

NCAAF football betting odds Courtesy Of BetAnySports USA Online Sportsbook

Oregon Ducks -1
UCLA Bruins +1

Over 71.5 Points -110
Under 71.5 Points -110

Last year Oregon rolled to a 42-14 victory, getting 555 yards in total offense. But even though Marcus Mariota has been hailed as one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy, NCAA football analysts can see that the Ducks are not moving with as much ease as they were last season. However, that is something that is expected to happen when you’re offensive line is not at full strength. Oregon has lost not one, not two, but three offensive tackles to injury, and the results have shown. Mariota, who was known for being extremely mobile, has been sacked ten times over the last two games. That is unacceptable for team that needs to be continually pushing the ball of field and their up-tempo approach.

UCLA is experiencing some of the same problems; they have been missing guard Alex Redmond (who was listed as a game time decision for this one), as well as tackle Simon Goines. You simply can’t allow your quarterback to be under constant pressure, and BetAnySports customers saw that Brett Hundley, a Heisman candidate like Mariota, was sacked 10 times. That is said to be the most any UCLA line has given up since Troy Aikman was at the school.

It is entirely conceivable that the Bruins will drop out of the national polls of they lose this one. Currently they are 17th in the coaches rankings, and 18th with the Associated Press. Oregon is #11 in the coaches poll and #12 in the AP rankings.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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