Oregon Ducks at Wyoming Cowboys
NCAAF: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyoming at 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Line: Oregon Ducks -14
The Oregon Ducks head to Laramie to face the Wyoming Cowboys at the War Memorial Stadium for a Saturday night encounter. The Ducks beat the Cornhuskers in a high-scoring thriller, while the Cowboys brushed away Gardner-Webb in their previous game.
Ducks continue offensive overhaul
The Oregon Ducks have begun the season with two sensational offensive games. So much so that they now rank third in the offensive charts, with an average of 59.5 points per game! The Ducks beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 42-35 in week 2.
“We were good in the first half. Second half? Not so good,” first-year coach Willie Taggart said. “But our guys found a way. To me that’s what’s more important than anything. Our guys found a way to win the ball game.”
The Ducks have put up 360 passing yards per game, ranking them 13th in the country. They have also managed 274.5 rushing yards, 16th overall.
Cowboys shut Cowboys out
After their season-opening loss to Iowa, the Wyoming Cowboys cruised past the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs 27-0. Josh Allen completed 22 of his 32 passes for 328 yards and connected well with Austin Conway, who put up 135 receiving yards.
“Getting him the ball as many times we can a game is really what we’re trying to do because, with the ball in his hands, he’s really electrifying,” Allen said of his partnership with Conway.
The Cowboys have allowed just 12 points per game, a total of 24 over two games, which positions them 19th in the country. Up next is the third-best offensive team in the country.
Oregon Ducks are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on turf.
- 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 road games.
Wyoming Cowboys are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
The Ducks, with their offensive form, seem unstoppable. More so with the confidence of two wins against two tricky opponents. The Cowboys’ strength is their defense, but can’t see them holding off the Ducks for long.