Vegas: Ducks favored in every game.

De'Anthony Thomas, who stands in at a mere 5'9", 180 pounds, shows that small, speedy players can succeed in a college football landscape that has an increasing emphasis on size.

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De’Anthony Thomas, who stands in at a mere 5’9″, 180 pounds, shows that small, speedy players can succeed in a college football landscape that has an increasing emphasis on size.

With fewer than 100 days till the first kickoff at Autzen Stadium, high-rollers in Las Vegas are feeling pretty green, and not just about the money.  The Golden Nugget Casino is already (never too early) taking bets for all 248 college football games for the upcoming season.  Your Oregon Ducks are favored to win all their games, including road-games against Stanford.

Could the next Oregon squad be looking at an undefeated record, despite losing Chip Kelly, Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan?  I say, “Why not?”

The 2013 schedule appears to be in our favor across the board.  In non-conference matchups at Virginia and Tennessee at Autzen, the Ducks will be the favorites with spreads over 20.  Also on the road: Colorado, Washington and Arizona, but Vegas heavily favors Oregon as the Buffaloes have the highest spread, 37.  The California Golden Bears come second with 34.

The two big games that Vegas will keep an eye on are Washington (-14) and of course Stanford with the smallest spread at just four.  Thankfully, the Ducks won’t have to make a trip down to Los Angeles to run with the Trojans, but Stanford crushed Oregon’s BCS hopes last year on our home turf.  The Cardinal could easily do it again in Palo Alto.  The Huskies are on the rise and had a nice recruiting class.  I would also rate their home field advantage as important as Autzen.

Should Oregon be favored to win every game this season?  They have the biggest bullseye on their backs with the entire PAC-12 out to get them.  While I think the Ducks won’t lose a step with new coach Mark Helfrich at the helm, anything in college football goes and Vegas certainly can’t predict every outcome.

 

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Nick Filipas

Nick Filipas

Nicholas Filipas is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in journalism with an emphasis in magazine journalism. Nicholas was born in southern California, raised in Portland, OR and now resides in Nashville, TN. His favorite teams include the Portland Trail Blazers, San Francisco 49ers/Giants and the Ducks since enrolling in 2011. His dream job is to be a professional NBA beat writer in a major city. Follow him on Twitter: @nicholasfilipas