No.1 Oregon Ducks A Big Favorite At Home Over UCLA Bruins
October 21st, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The No.1 Oregon Ducks will host Pac-10 rival UCLA on Thursday night in prime time, playing for the first time ever as the top-ranked team in the country.  The Ducks were voted No.1 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches poll, becoming the 43rd No.1 team in the AP Poll. If the trend continues though, Oregon’s stint atop may be short lived, as each No.1 team the previous two weeks have lost.

It started with Alabama losing to South Carolina two weeks ago, and then transferred to Ohio State dropping to Wisconsin last Saturday night.  Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said his team is not concerned with that however.

“Whether we’re No. 1 in the country or 101, it won’t affect how we prepare,” Kelly remarked of the team’s ranking. “The only important thing is to be No. 1 … on Dec. 5.”

Oregon (6-0) sports the country’s top-ranked scoring offense, averaging 54.3 points per game.  The offensive attack is spearheaded by running back and Heisman Trophy candidate LaMichael James.  James has rushed for 848 yards and nine touchdown this season. Quarterback Darron Thomas is also a weapon, already throwing for 1,231 yards 14 touchdown passes.

James leads the country in rushing yards per game, putting up 170 each outing.  He torched UCLA last season for 152 yards on 20 carries.

UCLA (3-3) has a solid running back of their own in Johnathan Franklin, who is second in the Pac-10 behind James in rushing yards per game with 113.

Oregon has won seven of the last nine games between the two, and own the all-time series lead 39-24.

The Bruins have already defeated two ranked opponents this season.  They beat No.23 Houston and No.7 Texas back in September.

The difference in the game could be the Bruins rushing offense against the Oregon defense. The Bruins passing offense ranks last in the conference as 95.5 yards, which puts a premium on run production for UCLA.

Oregon only surrenders about 16 points per game, ranking 16th in the country.  Combine that with the top-rated scoring offense and it’s easy to see how they remain unbeaten.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks and College Football Betting Odds have set Oregon as an asserted 26-point favorite at home in this one, with the over/under installed as 60 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

Oregon is 8-2 ATS in their last eight home games.  The Underdog is 6-2 ATS the last eight meetings between the two.  The road team is 6-2 ATS in their last eight head-to-head meetings.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Under is 21-5-1 in UCLA’s last 27 conference games.  The Over is 8-1 in Oregon’s last nine Pac-10 games.

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