Football odds will have to take into account the retirement of head coach Mike Bilotti, who put the Ducks in 12 bowls during his career and made them a respected football betting commodity. One thing Bilotti could not quite pull off against the football odds, however, was getting Oregon to the next and final step of the football betting ladder as a true national title contender.
Offensive coordinator Chip Kelly has taken over as head coach of the Ducks. Under his leadership the Oregon offense was one of the most explosive in the land against the football odds as it averaged over 41 points per game. Kelly’s offense ranked 7th overall in the nation and was particularly strong with the run.
LeGarrette Blount will return as the lead ball carrier and gained 929 yards with a 7.1 yards per carry average last year. Last year Oregon finished 10-3 straight up and 7-6 against the football odds. The Ducks finished the season strong with 3 consecutive wins both straight up and against the football odds.
Those wins included a 65-38 blowout win and payoff at Oregon State in the “Civil War” and a 42-31 bowl win and cover over Oklahoma State. On the bad side the Ducks losses were to Boise State, at Southern Cal, and at Cal.
While none of those losses against the football odds is anything to be ashamed of the loss to USC was alarming in that they are the team anyone aspiring to win the Pac-10 will have to defeat. Oregon lost to the Trojans in poor fashion 10-44 as 16-point dogs against the football odds.
Nick Aliotti returns for his 11th season against the football odds as defensive coordinator and a lot of work is needed there as the Ducks were 82nd in the nation for defense and that is what prevented them from taking the ultimate step to championship status. Aliotti was the architect of the famed “Gang Green” defense so the potential is there.
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