Pac-12 Championship Pick, Prediction, Odds | Oregon vs Washington Betting Preview

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John E. Moore III/Getty Images. Pictured: Oregon quarterback Bo Nix.

Pac-12 Championship Odds

Friday, December 1
8 p.m. ET
Oregon Ducks Odds
Point SpreadOver/UnderMoneyline
-110o / -110u
Washington Huskies Odds
Point SpreadOver/UnderMoneyline
-110o / -110u
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAF odds here.

The final game of the Pac-12 as we know it will take place in Las Vegas, as Oregon and Washington hit the field with a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line.

A loss from Ohio State last week and a subsequent loss by a top-10 team in the SEC Championship all but guarantees that the winner of this game will move on to play in the national semifinals.

These two teams met in Week 7, when the Huskies won by a field goal in Husky Stadium.

The game was defined by one critical statistic: Oregon did not convert a single fourth down in three attempts. Head coach Dan Lanning did not regret any of the attempts, insisting the Ducks offense was built for an aggressive style of football.

A deeper dive into the box score presents better evidence for Oregon, which recorded more methodical drives and available yards.

Since Week 7, Oregon has gone on to beat every Pac-12 opponent by double digits. The opposite can be said for head coach Kalen DeBoer, winner of five straight games by 10 points or less.

With the market steaming in Oregon's direction, the time has come for the Pac-12 to return to the College Football Playoff.

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Oregon Ducks

The Oregon offense has blazed a trail through conference play, ranking as the top overall team in terms of Success Rate.

Oregon ranks third in offensive momentum killer, a statistic that integrates fumbles, interceptions, sacks, 10-yard penalties and fourth-down turnovers. Only Georgia and Michigan have had better offensive momentum numbers in more than 800 snaps on the season.

The offense is led by Heisman favorite Bo Nix, who has thrown for 37 touchdowns on the season with just two interceptions.

Nix has an immaculate sheet when looking at mistakes, posting three turnover-worthy plays in 425 dropbacks on the season.

The electricity of the offense comes from running back Bucky Irving, wideout Troy Franklin and slot Tez Johnson.

Irving averages a whopping four yards after contact, generating 61 missed tackles on the season. Meanwhile, Franklin and Johnson might be the most electric duo in the country, as each averages at least 3.3 yards per route run.

The Ducks defense was expected to improve during the transition from Mario Cristobal to Lanning, the former Georgia defensive coordinator.

The nickel unit has been stellar stopping inside and outsize zone run concepts from opponents while maintaining a rank in the top 20 in coverage grading, per PFF.

Brandon Dorlus has been a terror at the edge position, generating 42 pressures. The secondary has been above the national average in Success Rate and explosives allowed in Cover 1 and quarters coverage.

Washington Huskies

The point spread in the Pac-12 Championship game is baffling considering Washington is undefeated and beat the Ducks earlier this season. The truth lies in the post-game win expectancy, as the Huskies will enter the offseason with the third-highest second-order win total — one that indicates a true record of 10-2.

Games against Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon all show that Washington came out on the lucky end of the scoreboard.

Despite the analytics, this offense can still cook with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. at the helm.

The Huskies are a heavy pass team, ranking sixth in Success Rate and top-20 in Quality Drives. Penix ended the regular season with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

However, mistakes continued to pile up in the games following the matchup against the Ducks, concluding the season with three turnover-worthy plays against Washington State. There are rumors that Penix has suffered an injury, as the Cougars telegraphed every offensive play run by the Huskies.

On the other side, problems continue to persist for defensive coordinator Chuck Morrell.

The 2-4-5 defense is one of the nation's worst against the run, ranking 129th in Success Rate. Washington has not controlled the line of scrimmage against any competition, ranking near dead last in both Line Yards and Stuff Rate.

The Huskies' most extreme struggles come against inside zone and man run concepts from opponents.

Oregon vs Washington

Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Oregon and Washington match up statistically:

Oregon Offense vs Washington Defense
Rush Success2129
Line Yards4132
Pass Success114
Finishing Drives267
Quality Drives145
Washington Offense vs Oregon Defense
Rush Success732
Line Yards5961
Pass Success68
Finishing Drives1320
Quality Drives1717
Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling3102
PFF Coverage1620
Special Teams SP+7.64.5
Middle 8723
Seconds per Play27.3 (73)27.2 (72)
Rush Rate47.0% (98)42.2% (123)

Oregon vs Washington

Betting Pick & Prediction

The market has seen nothing but wagers on Oregon, as early investors have had no issues with the large point spread.

Our Action Network betting power ratings indicate the game should be closer to a touchdown, begging the question if the line shows value on the Washington side.

In fact, the Huskies did average more overall yards per play in their initial meeting.

Fourth downs and Finishing Drives killed the Ducks, who are expected to implement an aggressive offensive attack.

If there's a coverage look that can keep Penix at a more normal Success Rate, it's the Ducks' usage of Cover 1. The Oregon defense recorded just a single sack and no quarterback hurries in the initial meeting, allowing Washington to record three explosive drives.

Lanning may send more blitz in Las Vegas after the defense recorded nine quarterback hurries against Oregon State in Week 13.

There may be a heavier snap count for cornerback Trikweze Bridges, who limited star Washington receiver Rome Odunze to just a single catch on four targets during Week 7.

With these two explosive offenses, the advantage comes for Oregon against a poor rush defense in Washington. The Ducks called more pass than rush in the initial meeting, averaging 5.4 yards per play and creating an average third-down distance of 5.2 yards.

The law of averages suggests Washington will not be as lucky to create hard stops, as the Huskies are 90th in third-down defense. Irving should stuff the box score with yards after contact, as Washington ranks 130th nationally in broken tackles allowed.

The bigger question is whether or not Bo Nix utilizes designed rushing attempts this time around. After Nix's 2022 season ended with a high-ankle sprain, keeping the signal-caller in the pocket has been a major point of emphasis for Oregon.

Nix posted his highest number of rushing attempts on the season against Oregon State — two scrambles and three designed runs that resulted in a touchdown. The quarterback also ran for two touchdowns on three designed attempts against Cal in Week 10.

With a season average of 15 yards per game, the over on Nix's rushing yards prop along with a rushing touchdown are certainly candidates for investment.

Considering Washington has no answer for rushing attempts from Nix and Irving, Oregon is the team to win the conference and go to the College Football Playoff.

Washington totals have stayed in the 40s in the past two weeks against Washington State and Oregon State. The Huskies have hit the ground with Dillon Johnson, as they've called nearly as many runs as pass attempts.

Washington uses a heavy amount of inside zone rush attempts, a run concept the Ducks have had a high 55% Success Rate against.

The point spread is inflated, floating in the dead zone of backdoor cover territory while oddsmakers protect the ledger from teasers.

Any number at +9 or better puts value on the Huskies, but the better bet comes on the total. Oregon and Washington lit up the Seattle sky with 84 passing attempts in Week 7 with little regard for the ground game.

Look for Washington to use Johnson in an attempt to keep Nix and Irving off the field after possessing the ball for only 25 minutes in the initial meeting.

Pick: Under 66 or Better · Bo Nix Rushing TD

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