The Fresno State Bulldogs will be looking to go 2-0 to start their 2021 season, but that’s going to be easier said than done, as they will be up against the No. 11 Oregon Ducks in Eugene this coming Saturday. Check out the following preview of this contest for more about Fresno State vs. Oregon.
Betting Preview for the Fresno State Bulldogs vs Oregon Ducks NCAA Week 1 College Football Game on September 4, 2021
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene
When: Saturday, September 4, 2021, 2:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Fresno State Bulldogs (+20.5)
Record: 0-1 Overall / 0-0 Conference
Fresno State could not have asked for a better way to start its 2021 college football season. Last Saturday, the Bulldogs mauled the UConn Huskies at home to score a 45-0 win. Quarterback Jake Haener went bonkers with 331 passing yards and three touchdowns without an interception on 20-for-26 completions. The backfield also produced nicely on the ground, coming up with 156 rushing yards and a touchdown on 38 carries. Overall, Fresno State generated 538 total yards and limited UConn to only 107. Of course, Fresno State is not going to be as dominant in the next game against Oregon, but the Bulldogs should be less intimidated against the Ducks following such a huge, morale-boosting victory over the Huskies. The Bulldogs’ defense has to step up though, especially in terms of forcing turnovers. Fresno Stae held the Huskies to only 2-for-16 completions on third downs but was not able to draw turnovers.
Fresno State is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games overall.
Betting on the Oregon Ducks (-20.5)
Record: 0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference
The Ducks have won the Pac-12 championship in each of the last two seasons, and many are expecting to see Oregon pull it off for the third year in a row. Offensively, the Ducks look set. Quarterback Anthony Brown is back with a number of high-grade freshmen around him plus some key returnees on Oregon’s offense that was fourth in the conference in 2020 with 31.3 points per game. Brown wasn’t the starter last year, but with Tyler Shough now in Lubbock with the Texas Red Raiders, this major switch under center should bring more optimism than concern for Oregon. The Ducks’ top two rushers in 2020 are also back in Travis Dye and CJ Verdell. That’s also quite the same story on defense. The Ducks welcome back seven returning starters, and among them is Kayvon Thibodeaux, who should be one of the best players in college football this season. Fresno State’s offense will not be flying as high this time as it did against UConn.
Oregon is 5-4 against the spread in its last nine games overall.
Oregon wins, 40-21.
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