Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday run-through: news, notes on ASU at Oregon

The Vegas line on this game is Oregon -14.5, which means the Ducks have to win by more than two touchdowns without LaMichael James. They might do it, but it's crazy to bet more than a sixpack on that point spread.

Key matchup: Oregon's secondary versus the ASU wideouts. The Sun Devils' potent offense has scored 38 points a game this year, and six of the receivers have double-digit receptions. Gerrell Robinson and Mike Willie are both 6-4 and fast, and Aaron Pflugrad (an ex-Duck) runs precise routes and has good hands. Brock Osweiler accounts for 2/3 of the ASU offense through the air, and they mix bubble screen, the zone read running game and effective shots downfield.

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