On Saturday, the Pac-12’s explosive Oregon Ducks head to Laramie, Wyoming, to take on the Wyoming Cowboys and quarterback Josh Allen. This game could be an exciting offensive display as these two teams love to put points on the board. Kickoff inside War Memorial Stadium is at 7 P.M ET.
Laramie is buzzing over Oregon coming to town. The Cowboys are treating this like a bowl game as it’s not often a Pac-12 or Power 5 conference team comes to Laramie. Not only will the Cowboys have an advantage with the raucous crowd, but they also have another home field advantage – elevation. War Memorial Stadium is located at an elevation of 7,220 feet above sea level, which means that Oregon will experience some difficulties playing there. But, will the crowd and elevation be enough for the Cowboys to pull off the upset?
The Oregon Ducks (2-0) look to stay undefeated on the season as they hit the road to face the talented Josh Allen and Wyoming Cowboys. The Ducks held on last week to defeat Nebraska 42-35 and look to make quick work of Wyoming before opening their Pac-12 conference schedule next week.
For Wyoming (1-1), they’re still feeling the sting of their opening week loss to Iowa 24-3, where they were thoroughly dominated. Although they bounced back last week against Gardner-Webb, they only put up 27 points in a game where they should’ve won by a lot more. Will this be the signature win that Josh Allen is looking for?
The Oregon Ducks opened as a 14 point favorite. For the majority of books, the line has not changed. However, there are a few books out there that have Oregon at -14.5 points. The Over/Under opened at 65 points, but has since come down to 59.5 total points.
Josh Allen returned for his junior season and things have not gone as well as he and the Wyoming football program had hoped. The Cowboys opened the season with a demoralizing loss to Iowa on the road. They were able to come home and defeat Gardner-Webb last week, but didn’t look as impressive as they could have. Now, they get to face the Oregon Ducks who are scoring 59.5 points per game and are coming off a solid win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a game that looked closer in score than it really was.
The Ducks recognize Allen’s talents. In fact, Oregon’s defensive coordinator said that Allen is one of the best quarterbacks that he has ever seen. The defense is looking forward to trying to stop Allen and the Cowboys passing attack that’s averaging 251 yards per game. Oregon is giving up 259 passing yards per game.
For the Cowboys, they’ve only given up 73.5 yards passing per game. That pass defense will be put to the test as the Ducks are averaging over 360 passing yards per game. Even more impressive is that the team is averaging 634 total yards per game which is twice as much as Wyoming.
This game has all the makings of a shootout, and that’s why we are going with the Over here. Oregon will get their points. In fact, I see them breaking the 40 point mark in this one. That means that Allen will only need roughly 3 touchdowns for the Over to hit. You can bet that Allen will bring his A-game in this game as he has something to prove the critics who are starting to question whether or not he’s really ready for the NFL.
The Over is 8-3 in Oregon’s last 11 games, including 2-0 this season.
Whether it’s by air or on the ground, Oregon will once again eclipse the 500 total yards mark and put up at least 40 points. Wyoming doesn’t have the defense to shut down Oregon’s high powered offense and I don’t see the elevation stopping them either. The only chance Wyoming has in this game is for Josh Allen to keep pace with Oregon on the scoreboard. With that said, the Over looks mighty appetizing in this one.