The Auburn Tigers are three-point favorites over the Oregon Ducks, as the legal betting websites’ spread goes for the Advocare Classic NCAA Football game on August 31st at 6:30 pm CT in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks Betting Odds by GTBets Sportsbook
|Oregon||+3½ (-115)||56½ (-110||+145|
|Auburn||-3½ (-105)||56½ (-110)||-165|
Betting Oregon Ducks
The Ducks finished last season 9-4 SU, 5-4 in Pac 12 play, and 5-8 ATS per the best online sportsbooks. Oregon appeared in the Redbox Bowl. The Ducks defeated Michigan State 7-6 as one-point dogs, covering the spread set by legal betting websites. Junior quarterback Justin Herbert finished 2018 second in the conference with 31 total touchdowns (29 passing and 2 rushing). Running back CJ Verdell had 1,018 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. On defense, defensive end Jalen Jelks was named first-team all-conference. Jelks was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the 7th round (241st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. Herbert, however, returned to Oregon for his senior year, intent on emulating former Ducks greats such as Marcus Mariota.
“We’ve been through the highest of highs and lowest of lows and we’ve seen all the success that’s been at Oregon so we’re capable of looking at it and realizing this isn’t where we wanted to be,” Herbert said. “There’s a direction that we’re heading and I think we need to keep going that way.” All well and good. But there’s still the matter of in whose direction will Herbert be throwing the ball. Wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (75 receptions, 10 TDs) was selected by Minnesota in the 7th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Oregon’s No. 2 receiver, Jaylon Redd, had about half as many catches and scores as Mitchell. “The trio of [Brenden] Schooler, [Johnny] Johnson and Redd played a ton, and had moments, but were largely underwhelming,” writes Erik Skopil of 247sports.com. “With Mitchell now gone to the NFL, the Ducks will need to find some solutions.”
Betting Auburn Tigers
The Tigers finished the 2018 season 8-5 SU, 3-5 in SEC play, and 6-7 ATS. Auburn was invited to the Music City Bowl which they entered, according to legal betting websites, as 3.5-point chalk. The Tigers defeated Purdue 63-14 to become the Music City Bowl champions. Starting QB ‘Jeff’ Jarrett Stidham passed for 364 fewer yards than in 2017. However, he threw just as many TD passes and one fewer pick. Stidham was selected by New England with the 133rd overall pick in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. No matter, though; perhaps Auburn will rely more heavily on the run game now. After all, they have who could be “one of the better [running] backs around the country” in Boobee Whitlow. At least according to new running backs coach Cadillac Williams.
“[For] a guy who has never played the running position, his ceiling is so high,” Williams said. “I see so much growth. From watching his film, he left so many yards on the field last year and that’s just him not knowing any better — just hitting it, going off pure talent.” Whitlow was intended to be a wide receiver, but became the Tigers’ 2018 lead rusher with 787 yards. He also scored six rushing TDs. “Once he understands the position — and he had a heck of a spring slowing himself down and patient and being dependable and taking care of the little things,” Williams added. “Once he develops those things, I think Boobee can be one of the better ‘backs around the country.” Cadillac Williams and Boobee Whitlow. Those are the sort of names which, like Boo Radley, are never found outside Alabama.
Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks Game Prediction
Gun to my head I’ll take Auburn, but only because Gus Malzahn has had more success than Mario Cristobal.