Oregon vs. Utah Pac-12 Championship Game Best Bets

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Cameron Rising #7 of the Utah Utes. Chris Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

The Oregon Ducks will look for revenge in the Pac-12 Championship as they take on the Utah Utes in Allegiant Stadium. Oregon is 10-2 on the year but took its biggest loss of the season on November 20, losing to Utah, 38-7 on the road. For the Ducks, at least this game isn’t a complete road game. Instead, it’s a neutral site game in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Oregon Ducks vs. Utah Utes

Friday, December 3, 2021 – 8:00 PM EST at Allegiant Stadium

In the first meeting, Utah earned nearly 400 yards of offense and went 11-of-14 on third downs to dominate Oregon early and often in that game. Also in that game, there were no turnovers on either side. Oregon struggled to rush the football, with 23 attempts for just 63 yards. Meanwhile, Utah averaged 4.2 yards per carry and ran for 208 yards on 50 attempts. Going into the second game between these two teams, it’s clear that Utah is the better team.

Ultimately, the Utes match up very well against Oregon and it showed last week. It’s hard to expect another route in a championship game but if Utah plays the way it played two weeks ago, the Ducks will struggle to win this game. Utah is led by Cameron Rising, who has thrown for 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions on the year.

Meanwhile, the rushing attack has been deadly for Utah with Tavion Thomas leading the charge with 168 attempts, 978 yards, and 18 touchdowns. Thomas should be able to reach 1,000 yards after this game against Oregon. The Utes don’t have the best pass protection but have dominated in the run game. It’s not that Oregon has been terrible against the run, however. It’s more on Oregon and how bad they’ve tackled players in the open field.

Lots of broken tackles have helped gain bigger plays for Oregon opponents. The Ducks are led by quarterback Anthony Brown, who has thrown for 2,536 yards and 15 touchdowns. He, like Rising, has limited interceptions with just four on the season.

Oregon came prepared last week against Oregon State and should have a little more success rushing the football behind Travis Dye, who has averaged 5.8 yards per rush with 14 touchdowns on the season. Both offenses average just over 434 yards per game but it’s Utah’s defense that has allowed fewer yards with 325.9 yards allowed compared to Oregon’s 371.5 yards allowed.

Prediction

Utah’s coverage will be essential against Oregon. The Ducks don’t have the greatest playmakers at wide receiver in comparison to Utah. Utah is just deeper and has more depth on the offensive end. The Utes have also been the better defense with the coverage standing out slightly more along with better tackling.

So, for my college football pick, give me Utah -2.5 in this one. The Utes are about to win the Pac-12 Championship.

NCAAF Pick: Utah -2.5 (-120) via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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